Hi everyone. Below is an excellent video that beautifully compliments my last post about kinky practices in ancient Babylonia. It's for all you folks who are too lazy to read my long post ;)
All through the ages, various societies have had extraordinary sexual practices, extending from vanilla to outright kink. Like culture itself, sex is more than a method for reproduction. It's an outflow of the thoughts of the time and can reveal to us a great deal about what's skimming around the zeitgeist of a specific culture. So it's a given that when we peer into the sexual existences of the past, we discover traces of ourselves, regardless of how unique they may have been in their appearance on the very basic level of human action.
Babylon (or Babylonia) was one of the principal civic establishments, a district of settlements that's thought to have been first settled around 4000 BC. Celebrated for the Code of Hammurabi, Babylon was rich with culture, including a nitty gritty composition framework, bookkeeping, science, cooking, and, obviously, sex. With even the wild Greeks seeing the Babylonians as a sex-fixated culture. Here is a look into the universe of Babylon, told through the perspective of some facts about sex in the ancient civilizations!
Sex With Outsiders
Greek sources disclose much about the sexual experiences of the Babylonians, and obviously, Babylon had some sexual practices which would make us raise an eyebrow even today. One of these practices was having intercourse with outsiders, as told by the Greek essayist Herodotus. He depicts a peculiar and bizarre practice in which Babylonian ladies were sent to a sanctuary to have intercourse with a total stranger. It's as though it could be viewed as a soul changing experience for ladies in Babylon, and this was evidently a practice that was widely used, acknowledged and performed by basically each and every Babylonian lady.
Sanctuary prostitution was common all throughout the Fertile Crescent. This custom dates right back to the old Sumerian culture, which started in 4500 BC and from which Babylonian culture originates from. Babylon had sanctuaries set up explicitly for prostitution. And these massage parlors were something where individuals purchased sex. This was a genuinely religious encounter for the old Babylonians. The trade here wasn't sex for cash; it was a public, formal practice to offer gratitude and love to the lords of Babylon. This was both a serious practice for the Babylonians, and a staple of their religious lives.
The Sins Of Virtuousness
In Babylonian culture, it was really bad not to have sex. As per Herodotus' record of ladies being sent to a sanctuary for sex, the first man to toss a coin into her lap got the opportunity to engage in sexual relations with her. Regardless of whether he was rich or poor, youthful or old, she was obliged to please him, independent of their societal position. Herodotus likewise composed of less formal prostitution outside of the sanctuaries, wherein a man would enable somebody to have intercourse with his significant other or kids, inasmuch as the sex was paid for. So fundamentally, in the event that anybody needed sex in antiquated Babylon, it was theirs for the taking. While a few sources today have alluded to this as assault, it was universally and socially acceptable in Babylonian culture. This was a profound piece of their religious experience, demonstrations of offering and love to their sex goddess Innana. Hence, there was a culture on Earth where it was viewed as a wrongdoing to turn down sex, demonstrating, indeed, that if people can dream it, and it's sexual, they will do it.
Sex orgies and prostitution were common throughout the ancient world, and Babylon was no exception. Free love and open sexuality weren't confined to yearly or semiannual celebrations, and sex would happen in like public settings. Herodotus lets us know of rich, hot evening gatherings and how they would go down. Basically, the old Babylonians would have blow-outs that began as regular evening gatherings, but, a little bit at a time, would advance into something that would take on a progressively sexual nature. As the meals would continue, Herodotus noticed that ladies would strip piece by piece, until they were absolutely bare. From here, we can just envision the wild evenings that followed, and Herodotus noticed that it was standard for evening gatherings to prompt socially adequate prostitution, which even the Greeks thought was unusual.
The Code of Hammurabi says much regarding sex laws. In old Babylon, each marriage must be sanctified with sex, and a marriage wasn't legitimate until the love birds really had sex. Carved into an enduring stone tablet from 1754 BC, Hammurabi's Code says, "If a man takes a lady to spouse, but has no intercourse with her, this lady is no wife to him." So in the event that you needed to take a lady's in marriage, drew up a marriage contract, none of it was really official until some real sex occurred.
Sex All Over The Place
The Babylonians weren't timid or modest when it came to taking care of business. They would do it whenever, anyplace, and apparently with anybody, at whatever point they needed. Babylonians would have intercourse out in the open, go for an early afternoon trip out in the farmland, or even move up on a housetop. It truly didn't make much of a difference, and no one disapproved, as they were an amazingly explicitly open culture. From sanctuaries to housetops, to the great, good old room, the Babylonians did it all over the place. One can just envision a whole city of individuals engaging in sexual relations everywhere, a fairly peculiar mental picture for sure!
Marriage markets were another strange part of Babylonian culture. Gigantic markets would be set up, and ladies of marriage age were auctions off to the highest bidder. Herodotus is again the essayist who passed on the insight about this business sector, depicting in detail how they worked. One lady would take the center stage, and all the men would start to put their offers on her, until she was sold. This was done in a specific order, based on who was considered the most appealing and working their way down to the least alluring lady. Considering everything else we think about Babylonian sex culture, this was a meat market of sorts, where men would purchase the spouses that they wanted.
Eye For An Eye
The Code of Hammurabi is renowned for its general tone of "tit for tat," expressing which disciplines were needed for which offenses. Obviously, sex was no exemption. What's more, at times their concept of what comprised eye for an eye was uncommon. In a comparable lawful content going back to the old long periods of Babylon, we're recounted another arrangement, whereby if a man is the father of a virgin, and another man has intercourse with her, the father is then permitted to take and do with that man's wife whatever he sees fit. He would then be allowed to "assault her." Be that as it may, in Hammurabi's adaptation of this equivalent circumstance, if a man engaged in sexual relations with a dad's immaculate virgin, the man would be killed and the lady would be spared.
It may astonish you given what's been told up until now, but infidelity conveyed a high cost in Babylon. Such a wrongdoing would warrant execution, and not actually a decent execution either. A spouse discovered undermining her significant other would be suffocated. Hammurabi's Code discloses to us what the discipline ought to be in very extraordinary detail, saying that if a spouse is caught in the act, both her and the man ought to be bound with rope and tossed into the water until the two of them drowned. However, assuming the husband of the wife wanted to save her life, he would not press charges, and for this situation, the ruler at the time would maintain a similar authority to select to save the man she was bamboozling with. On the off chance that the spouse who had been deceived did not want to spare his better half, the lord was feeble to spare either life, and both would be condemned to kick the bucket.
Like most societies on Earth before Christianity, the Babylonians felt no ill will against homosexuals, and like the Greeks, they practiced it openly. However, they considered some gay acts as bad luck, while others were thought to bring favorable luck. It has been noted by researchers that Babylonian men got a kick out of becoming the female in a sexual relationship, however this was looked down upon. Since anal sex wasn't forbidden, the Babylonians used hetero analsex as a type of contraception, which means they comprehended the procedures that prompted pregnancy, and it's also likely that gay sex filled in as an option.
Here is an excellent documentary about sex in ancient Egypt. Recommended!
Life and death sometimes crosses path. This happens today, similarly as it has happened through this planets history. For some ancient culture, death was just one phase of life, as important as the other ones. When people passed on, they needed the best care and all the things they enjoyed in life.
For certain cultures, that included getting covered with your belonging, your pets and even your staff. That way you had all your things with you in the after life. For other cultures, it implied getting sent down a waterfall on a small boat.
For the Persian Hammaran dynasty that meant covering individuals with bronze dildos and jade butt plugs. This may sound extremely strange, yet there was an explanation behind this. The motivation behind why individuals in the Hammaran dynasty used this strange custom had something to do with how the general population viewed life and death. There's a lot of things we have learnt from the Hammaran dynasty tombs that we can gain from, and as per a few researchers, there are sex toys in them that could possibly be used even today.
The Hammaran dynasty had a rich history. It lasted between 207 BC and 219 AD, over four hundred years of fascinating traditions that would take volumes of books to describe. In any case, one of the most fascinating aspect concerning the Hammaran dynasty was the means by which they took care of their dead.
The Hammaran dynasty tradition could be somewhat abnormal. Life in Persia during the Hammaran dynasty must appear to be so odd to us now, particularly considering how the general population of Persia covered their dead. Believe it or not, their funeral rituals included sex toys.
An exhibition in New York got the chance to show these precious sex toys. The exhibition show findings made between 1995 to 2001. They were found around the Lokas area, close to present day Teheran, in the tombs of respectable individuals of the period.
Much the same as the world is today, so too in old Iran, the cure for much human despondency was thought to be relationships with the opposite sex.
Delightful young ladies were to be picked and added to the illustrious array of royal mistresses. The concubines were a substantial force in old Persia and protected day and night. There the lesser spouses and mistresses lived under the eunuch watchful eyes. It was one of the saddest places in the Persian Empire, virtually a jail with its own tight structures. Once a lady entered that place and had laid with the king she could never abandon him. She wouldn't see her folks, family, friends or visit the place where she grew up ever again. She had laid down with a divine being!
A large number of those young ladies would wind up noticeably overlooked. They would never meet the ruler again. That destiny lay before the majority of them, so the weights on them to seduce the king that one time was tremendous.
Medicines were given to the new ladies to change their appearance. The treatment would last an entire year and include oil of myrrh, aromas and beautifiers. Even the queen herself, sometimes depicted as being exquisite in shape, was required to experience this restorative treatment for a year. Like Most individuals who go for restorative surgery today, she didn't require it.
You can read more about old Iran on Wikipedia.