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Egyptology student Caroline Seawright points us toward the rather lurid History Channel segment on the erotic papyrus above, which calls the pictures “full on pornography” and “one of the most shocking sets of images in the whole of antiquity.” Against a perception of ancient Egyptians as “buttoned-up and repressed,” the video, and Seawright, detail the ways in which the culture reveled in a stylized ritual sexuality quite different from our own limited mores.
Sacred temple prostitutes held a privileged position and mythological narratives incorporated unbiased descriptions of homosexuality and transgenderism.
Sexual energy is a necessary part of awakening and enlightenment, and the ancient Egyptians were fully aware of this.
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Ancient Egyptians even expected to have sex after death, attaching fabricated organs to their mummies.
The above applies mainly to a certain class of Egyptian.
, the fragments above—called the “Turin Erotic Papyrus” because of their “discovery” in the Egyptian Museum of Turin, Italy—only hint at the frank versions of ancient sex they depict (see a graphic partial reconstruction at the bottom of the post—probably NSFW).
The number of sexual positions the papyrus illustrates—twelve in all—“fall somewhere between impressively acrobatic and unnervingly ambitious,” one even involving a chariot.