10 Shocking Sexual Traditions from around the World

7.       Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs: The pharaohs who would practice public mas-tur-bation


According to S*x and Society, “even the ebb and flow of the Nile was thought to be caused by Atum’s (the god of creation) eja-cula-tion. This concept spurred the Egyptian pharaohs to ritually masturbate into the Nile to ensure an abundance of water.”

The ancient Egyptians were so inspired by the act of self-stimulation that at the festival of the god Min, who represented Pharaoh’s sexual potency, men masturbated in public.

8.       Ancient Greece: Where homosexuality was completely out of the closet


The ancient Greeks did not conceive of sxual orientation as a social identifier the way Western societies have done for the past century. Greek society did not distinguish sxual desire or behavior by the gender of the participants, but rather by the role that each participant played in the s*x act, that of the active penetrator or the passive penetrated.

This active/passive polarization corresponded with dominant and submissive social roles: the active (penetrative) role was associated with masculinity, higher social status, and adulthood, while the passive role was associated with femininity, lower social status, and youth.

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