Though it may not be polite to talk about in history class, erotica appears in most great civilizations in human history. From hieroglyphs of fornicating Egyptians, to wild orgiastic Greek romps painted on pottery, to octopus cunnilingus wood cuts in Edo-period Japan, when there is art and culture, there is erotica. In ancient Egypt, sexual images were common in temples, tombs, and religious texts.
Painted Pottery depiction of an erotic scene. Contemporary writers sometimes deny the existence of sexual images in ancient Egyptian art, insisting that erotica offended Egyptian religious sensibilities. The objects here demonstrate the fallacy of those dams Nonetheless, what may appear to us as pure obscenity was not necessarily seen as such by the Egyptians.
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In the words of almighty queen Audre Lorde : "The erotic is a measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and the chaos of our strongest feelings. It is an internal sense of satisfaction to which, once we have experienced it, we know we can aspire. How does one navigate from said minimalist genitalia to the more recognizable erotic artworks of folks like Egon Schiele and Gustav Courbet?
With the old joke about every generation thinking they invented sex, Listverse brings us the papyrus above, the oldest depiction of sex on record. Painted sometime in the Ramesside Period B. On the right side of the papyrus above animals perform various human tasks as musicians, soldiers, and artisans.
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Sexuality in Ancient Egypt is a subject to be approached with caution. Norms in regard to sexual behavior cannot be looked at with our Western understanding of sexual identity as many cultures, both past and present, do not create categories based on the same things we do. Beyond this, the Ancient Egyptians did not seem to be terribly shy about sex.
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.
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.
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.