From sexual innuendo to 'trial' marriages — the ancient Egyptians were not so different to us when it came to affairs of the heart. Here, Charlotte Booth explores how the ancient inhabitants of the Nile Valley lived and loved. 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. The Egyptian language for example — like modern English — had many words for sexual intercourse, with the most common being nk.
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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.
People had sex with goats for fertility
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.
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