First a short insight in plain speak, taken from James Frazer’s , The Golden Bough. Below is a part of chapter 31, which lends great insight into the culture of the times, in particular to that of ritual and sacred prostitution. I never realized that the oldest profession was indeed a kind of holy communion of the mother goddess religion. We do swing the pendulum, from totally anonymous promiscuity to the now popular vows of celibacy.
I heard recently that the origins of the veil as worn by nuns and also Muslim women originated from the rituals where priestesses (who were every woman) of the mother goddess would deflower the young men at the temple, and in order to retain anonymity they wore a veil over their faces, rather a swing of the pendulum to the current tradition I think !