Egyptians and sex

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Homosexuality in ancient Egypt is a passionately disputed subject within Egyptology : historians and egyptologists alike debate what kind of view the ancient Egyptians' society fostered about homosexuality. Only a handful of direct hints still survive and many possible indications are only vague and offer plenty of room for speculation. The best known case of possible homosexuality in ancient Egypt is that of the two high officials Nyankh-Khnum and Khnum-hotep. Both men lived and served under pharaoh Niuserre during the 5th Dynasty c. In this mastaba, several paintings depict both men embracing each other and touching their faces nose-on-nose.

13 Fascinating Facts About Sex In Ancient Egypt

13 Kinky Facts About What Sex Was Like in Ancient Egypt

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. Their mythology relies heavily on sexual themes, and there are many possible coded messages and euphemisms about sex riddled within the art itself. Less crudely made, the infamous Turin Erotic Papyrus shows scenes of either animals or humans in various sexual acts and positions. Others consider it to be purely pornographic and that it was used as such. Turin Erotic Papyrus source.

Homosexuality in ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt the period between BC and BC, give or take a dynasty or two was a very powerful place indeed. But its citizens were more progressive in their outlook than you might expect, especially when it came to matters of the flesh. According to Douglas J. Brewer and Emily Teeter , University of Chicago. Virginity was not a necessity for marriage; indeed, premarital sex, or any sex between unmarried people, was socially acceptable.
Some may think the behaviour of ancient Egyptians is far removed from that of the modern world but when it comes to the basics of love, sex and marriage, their behaviour is rather familiar. They displayed the same doubts, fears and motivations, and all that separates the ancient Egyptians from the modern world is how such emotions were acted upon. This idea of sex as taboo can be seen as a throwback to the Victorian era, which in itself was a reaction to the lascivious behaviour of the Georgians. However, such embarrassment is not something a typical ancient Egyptian would have understood. To the Egyptians, sex was a life staple, on a par with eating and sleeping and therefore not something to be sniggered at, embarrassed about or avoided.