Since the beginning of civilization, humans have incorporated sexuality into erotic art, worship, and daily life. There have been cultures and times were explicit references to sexuality were more accepted by societal norms, and times when there have not. However, the repressive view of sexuality espoused by the Church in the Middle Ages, and then the repressed sexuality of the Victorian era have left many in the Western world believing that few if any in the past were willing and able to accept and even revel in their sexuality. Most of us look to the past and think of an era where sexuality was a taboo subject, until the groundbreaking social changes of the 60s and 70s. This view was supported by many of the authorities of the 20th century, who often edited explicitly sexual objects and events out of history books and museums. When the lost city of Pompeii was first rediscovered in the 19th century, King Francis of Sicily had all the many sex artifacts found placed in a "secret cabinet" to be locked away.
Category:Ancient Egyptian erotic art
Ancient Egyptian Sexuality – Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
El-Qhamid is a librarian who has been studying the exquisite treasures hidden in the archives of Egyptian museums for years. He is the author of Egyptian Magic. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The ancient Egyptian erotic world comes alive in fragments of poetry and literature and in magnificent color pictures and detailed drawings of sculptures and etchings. Discussed is the period of dynastic rule in Egypt, when the deified pharaohs delighted in erotic escapades that rivaled those portrayed in India's Kama Sutra and Persia's One Thousand and One Nights.
Ancient Egyptian Sexuality
Notably, the ancient Egyptians had strict rules about things like adultery and used early forms of birth control. Most people know ancient Egyptians practiced mummification, but the embalmers who performed the process didn't always respect the bodies. Instead, the families waited a few days so the corpse would be somewhat decomposed. Like modern civilizations, ancient Egyptians wanted to have some degree of control over their family planning.
The first third depicts animals performing various human tasks. This part of the scroll-painting has been described as satirical and humorous. The final two thirds of Turin Erotic Papyrus consist of a series of twelve vignettes showing men and women in various sexual positions. The various male images have also been interpreted as a single protagonist, who has several encounters with a courtesan.