:: BDSM History – IV

History of BDSM

 

 

ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN

harem_beautyBefore we shift into more modern times, there’s one last historical group I wanted to touch on – the ancient near easterners. This area would cover Iraq, Babylon, Mesopotamia, Judea, and other areas.

 

There isn’t a ton of art work, but what exists is pretty erotic. Check out these pottery shards – hair pulling fucking from behind awesomeness!

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2Here’s another shard, that shows the guy penetrating again from behind, as the woman is drinking from a clay pot, and the guy apparently drinking something himself. The local historians believe the drinking was symbolic of oral sex.

It seems the area was highly erotic! It also seems to indicate that the Babylonians believed in getting drunk while having sex.

Other pottery reveals different sexual positions, but the most common one is from behind. There isn’t discussion about specific means of entry – but one can only suppose that anal sex was fair game.

The pottery has been found in temples, graves, and private homes. It’s artwork that represents daily life it seems. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, sex is a human pleasure that should be indulged upon “let your wife delight in your lap”!

Hammurabi also had several codes to cover interesting things. There were laws that seemingly protected prostitutes. In ancient Mesopotamia, prostitution wasn’t a frowned upon way of living, and the women needed laws to protect their rights.

When Alexander went to Babylon (and Herodutus before him) – they were struck at how obsessed the locals were with sex. And it was probably the sex that kept Alexander there so long (he too, has some interesting stories about what he fancied)

Though the other cultures in the area seemed to have explicit views and artwork on sex, the Israelites seemed to have very interesting literature when it came to sex. On one hand, sex was procreation – but in Solomon’s book, sexuality is used overtly as an erotic image (check out this passage: “My beloved put his hand by the hole of the door and my bowels were moved for him”)

6a0105360252aa970c0168e5341eaa970cOther times, it seems that the ancient authors didn’t hide the fact that life happens: David had more concubines than you could shake a stick at and fucked his friends wife (then had him killed). On one hand, adultery and sexual impurity was something you could get stoned (killed) for, but on the other hand there was some pretty raunchy stuff, like Lot’s daughters getting him drunk and having sex with him. There are a bunch of weird and interesting sexual encounters throughout the Old Testament.

The Hebrews seemed to, after the building of the second temple to continue to further separate themselves from their neighbors, and of course many of their traditions and rules carried forward. It wouldn’t be long, around the late 300’s A.D. that these rules would begin to make a stage throughout most of Europe and only grow in strength. In the rest of the Middle East, the Muslims would also have similar strict laws concerning sexuality. And for quite some time, sexuality throughout the first millennium and most of the second would take a hit.

But it couldn’t be squashed completely – a change was in the air (and between the sheets!)

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