The internet has brought public discussion of Egyptian sex to a whole new level. No longer are women and men left to keep their dirty secrets to themselves. Now, they can freely express their feelings and dirty secrets, exposing the horrors of Egyptian sex that would otherwise remain unnoticed. Some discussion forums are public, others are exclusive, and some are anonymous. Egyptian sex is as hot as ever, but what is it really like to experience it?
The origins of Egyptian sex are mysterious. The first known example is the “erotic binding spell,” a statue of the jackal-headed god Anubis firing an arrow at the nude Kephalas. The enlarged scrotum and penis were a testament to the god’s power and fertility. Although the Egyptians believed that sexual rebirth was essential for immortality, they also believed that sex was necessary to be reborn.
The phallus, known as the Min, was a common object for rites and rituals, and was often used in the Temple of Amun-Ra. People today rub the phallus to cure sexual problems, and it is also used in magic rites. While extramarital relationships were frowned upon, there were also ways to get away with it, ranging from ejaculating in rivers to committing crimes such as rape.
Despite their sex life and the fact that the ancient Egyptians had no conception of a virgin, they believed in sex in the afterlife. The religion of the Egyptians contained many tales of adultery, incest, homosexuality, masturbation, and even hints of necrophillia. Egyptian sex also had religious significance. The ability to have children was linked to the sex life of the upper class.
In addition to the Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep tomb, the Egyptians recognized psychogenic impotence. It is also noted that a letter from Ochsheshonqy, the founder of the Valley of the Kings tomb, pointed out that the man had insulted fellow tomb workers, remarried several times, and had no children. There are several reasons why impotence was a problem in ancient Egypt, but they aren’t completely understood today.
One of the reasons for the lack of intercourse among the ancient Egyptians is because of the limited number of kinship terms. Egyptians tended to have limited kinship terms, and the word ‘father’ could refer to the actual father. In addition, females were often royalty, so their parents were likely to be siblings. This could have had consequences for their offspring’s health. Therefore, it’s important to understand Egyptian sex history if you want to understand its roots.
While the evidence for same-sex relationships is sparse and contested, one clear case is the myth of Horus and Seth. Both Seth and Horus fought for the throne of Egypt, and in the myth Seth tries to rape Horus, but the god tricks him by catching semen in his hands. In the same way, Pepi II was known to be the longest-ruling king of all time. The story was preserved on a fragmentary papyrus.
The myth of Osiris and Isis was also widely popular. However, the myth of Osiris was not entirely accurate. The story of Osiris and Isis was based on an infamous tale. His wife Isis was impregnated by the goddess Isis. Osiris passed into the afterlife, but it is not known whether he was in love with her. The god Set subsequently murdered Osiris, and the entire mess afterward would have made an impression on the ancient audience.
Although there are few archaeological evidences of sex in Egypt’s ancient past, it is important to understand how a culture’s views about sex were affected by the social and political climate. Although Egypt was a pharaonic society, aristocratic culture still existed among the elite. This era of Egyptian society was ruled by a strict code of honor, and sex remained taboo.
Even the poorest Egyptian sex workers were often considered a risk to children. The associations and bodies that regulated Egyptian sex workers were apposed to the abolitionists’ cause. The abolitionists also argued that the practices of sex workers violated hygienic boundaries. But, in the end, the abolitionists ultimately won, resulting in a comprehensive securitisation of Egyptian sex workers and working-class citizens.