Sexuality around the world — from the ancient Egyptians to the Inuit

Sara Martínez 1/15/2021

For the Ancient Egyptians, sex was the origin of everything — never mind big bangs, black holes and the rest of that mumbo-jumbo. What really happened was that the supreme being, Atum, masturbated and he became the sun god, Ra.  So, the first divine beings were born from Ra's semen — namely, Shu (god of light and air) and his sister Tefnut (goddess of moisture).  Finally, the morning dew rose from Tefnut's vagina and her incestuous love with Shu produced Nut (the sky) and Gueb (the earth). We must say that as a myth of creation, it's more interesting than later ones. However, when Egyptology became all the rage in the 19th century, the explicit sexual themes such as adultery, incest and homosexuality portrayed in Ancient Egyptian artwork (not to mention the horrifying host of wooden phalluses uncovered in excavations) were just too much for the delicate minds of 19th century archaeologists. Consequently, most of these items ended up being hidden away in the vaults of the British Museum. So, what's the point of all this? Well, the point is that sex, which is so natural — is also a cultural construct. Every age, every people and every culture, has its unique customs. Indeed, just like those sensitive Victorian explorers, we are shocked by many of them. Yes, really; we pretend to be Puritans!  This is despite the fact that according to stats, PornHub reels in more visitors than Twitter, Wikipedia, Instagram, The Guardian and The Daily Mail!

Will you be able to travel the world this 2021? Will you be able to finally enjoy that holiday you've been putting off for months? Quite frankly, we don't have a clue. However, at EroticFeel, we like to see ourselves as eternal optimists, so without further ado... let's inaugurate our travel blog! Be warned — no all-inclusive bracelets here and no lounging by the hotel pool while getting tipsy on piña coladas. This blog is all about exploration! What are the strangest sexual practices in the world? How do they celebrate sexuality in the antipodes? Well, we must say that not everyone on this planet of ours does it the exact same way: that is unless you also share a partner with your brother, seduce your lover by feeding him fresh bread kneeded on your genitals or you've drunk the semen of your elders in order to gain strength and vigour! You don't need vaccines, suitcases, or to print your boarding card — just make yourself comfortable and open your mind. Ready?

Whether reality or myth, the truth is that a recurring theme when exploring the sexual customs of the Inuit is that of sexual hospitality. For example, an explorer arrives in an Inuit village and the inhabitants, who are welcoming and accustomed to sharing their possessions to ensure the survival of the group, don't only offer him food and a place to sleep. If he so desires, he can also spend the night with an Inuit woman (a bit like getting a room with both wifi and breakfast included).

Well, although the above is a complete work of fiction, according to anthropologist Francesc Bailón, sexual communism was a real thing in traditional Inuit society. This is how he describes it in an interview with Spanish newspaper, La Vanguardia: "If you went on a journey in a sled and your wife was pregnant, to prevent a miscarriage... you would leave her with a friend. In return, you would take the friend's wife with you. And if she returned pregnant, the child was the friend's. And everyone's happy". Whether the woman consented or not is quite another matter. Nevertheless, the Inuit have a comparatively unstigmatised approach to sexuality. Women may have children before marriage, virginity is not a sacred matter and as Bailón explains, "the sexual exchange of partners is common — but everyone consents. That's why there's no prostitution among the Inuit! A unique case in the world”.

Before continuing our journey, we'd like to dispel another myth (although we must confess that we've never actually been to the Arctic nor dropped our pants at -50ºC!). Are you one of those that still thinks the Inuit rub noses to greet each other? False! They actually smell each other. Perhaps we could all take a leaf out of the Inuit’s book — because if something smells good, it usually tastes even better! 

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