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The Gods and the Sexuality

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The Gods and the Sexuality

By Darci L. Duro Janarelli

Since the beginning of creation, the customs of diverse people, from the most primitive to the most civilized o­nes, always took the sexuality as an horizon in order to guide their relation with the environment and the gods.

In those days, religiosity was very important and dictated the general rules of behavior. In a polytheistic society, there were gods responsible for some activities that demanded from their worshipers sacrifices in exchange for their blessing. In the sexuality field, gods responsible for the fecundity were largely adored in temples where servants and priests had o­nly o­ne mission: to serve the gods and to obey their rules.

The woman’s role in those times was a little bit surrounded by privileges, since she was the o­ne who provided life, which was gratefully respected. As time went by, man found himself as an important piece of this reproductive system, resulting from then o­n a change in relation to the feminine condition, which little by little began to loose importance in the society, ending up in being considered as mere merchandises to trade or sell, according to the tribe’s convenience. It is known that in the Fiji archipelago, until the beginning of the last century, women, besides being treated as slaves, were used as commercial products, susceptible of being fattened and even eaten by their owners, as if they were cattle. In many ancestral societies, primitive or not, where the concept of polygamy was part of their customs, the amount of women or wives possessed by a man was directly proportional to his importance and prestige in the community. However, even along the decline of woman’s condition, the goddesses, represented by the feminine figure that symbolized the source of fertility, growth and reproduction of life, continued to be reverenced by the people, which kept narrow devotion. Several were the names, according to the region, for example, Aphrodite in Greece, Freya in Scandinavia or Ishtar in Babylon.

Archeological sites, dated from the Neolithic Age, proved such veneration through sanctuaries with statues and rupestral paintings representing the feminine importance in the figure of a goddess.

The sexual relationship at this period was marked by an enormous influence from the God-mortal relationship, o­nce it is believed that the sexual life of a couple was intimately linked to the rituals of mating and procreation under previous approval from God.

Perhaps, many of these rituals initiated in the temple itself, conducted by the priest or priestess, among dances of character eminently directed to eroticism, with the main goal of liberating the participants’ instinct of desire, somehow preparing them for the sexual act itself.

These rituals still today remain as residues from ancient cults in diverse popular feasts concerning planting and harvest time and religious practices, representing old rituals related to sexuality and eroticism.



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