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Kinky Roots: Ancient Kinks Definition

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The article List of Kinks and Their Definitions provides us with kinks meaning and classification giving also a chance to read real kinky stories. Now let us take a look behind the veil of culture and modern age to hunt worldwide after kinks traces in the past 2000 years.

The article intro image represents an outdoor sculpture of Khajuraho temples – the global top association with erotic sculptures and eroticism of the past. History has failed to preserve any reason of why the temples of Chandela dynasty are decorated with so many scenes of sex and dancing apsaras. One of the theories tells the erotic sculptures of Khajuraho to be of educational purpose: architects and sculptors pursued a goal of setting an example for the next generation in sex positivity, freedom of sexual expression and significance of sexual variety in one’s life. That is, a kind of sexual education for future generations that could have been an unusual kink of the temple complex architects.

Other ancient portrayals and descriptions of man sexual culture also attest to numerous practices, games and different methods of delving into one’s sexuality referred to as kinks.

The sources of such kind can be found all over the map and time scale so that one would probably fail to define “the most blissed-out culture” or choose “the sexiest age”. However we can abandon ourselves in admiration with the infinite range of ancient kinksters’ interests.

Greek contribution to kink definition

Sure thing they were not Greeks who came as the first kinksters, but they are definitely the first that the most ancient literary evidences preserved tell about. They take us back to III cent. BC, the period when Thais - probably the best known hetaera - lived. The unique culture of hetaeras would have found its place these days as well: the company of hetaeras was preferred by ancient sapiosexuals who needed not just a lover yet an educated woman with well-developed emotional intellect who could play the part of Scheherazade turning sex into an acting surrounded by exclusive atmosphere of stories and myths. Loosing oneself in magic worlds so artfully created by Thais is possible through reading the historical fiction novel Thais of Athens by Ivan Efremov.

The same very century. Aristotle in his History of Animals asserts a woman to get pleasure from sex the similar fashion a man does. Today we can call it the very first statement of woman’s right to sexuality development and being kinky on a par with man.

The History of Animals made Aristotle an authority in the issue of future generations’ sexual education. Later on, in the XVII-th cent. there appeared the Aristotle's Masterpiece – a book about sex which author is unknown. For the next few centuries the book became all but the only source of sexual education in England that curious kinksters used as encyclopedia of theoretical knowledge about body.

Description of Kama Sutra kinky games

One of the earliest literary sources describing sexual practices – the Kama Sutra – was written in the I–VI cent. AD. Among other kinky games the treatise also contains description of a scene-playing kink called “love game”, the kink that can be identified when all actions of a man or woman are designated for partner’s arousal: self-adornment, body painting, nails and teeth coloring etc.

The love game of Kama Sutra started from the moment either of the players made a first step on the way to creating an image that fits his/her own taste or partner’s kinky preferences. It was already in Kama Sutra that one of the BDSM practice element – bondage - was mentioned.

Kama Sutra describes the rules of partners’ conduct in the framework of threesome relationships. Hole nine chapters are dedicated to description of love adepts – hetaeras. Whereas another six chapters of the love bible deal with the culture of allure and captivation as well as couple desire recovering (the most ‘popular” problem that the clients of the XXI century bring to their sex therapists).

In case you get charge out of genital piercing you might be pleased to learn that for the first time it was mentioned yet in Kama Sutra: the treatise refers to penis balanus piercing as a source of new excitement for both partners. So choosing intimate piercing does not actually mean following fashion or copy-pasting trendsetters yet implies touching an ancient tradition and reproducing a ritual that’s been 2000 years old.

Striptease – the most ancient kink

A dance as an instrument of partner’s seduction was another essential element of love game in Kama Sutra and in Indian history in general. But the kink of “erotic dancing for seduction” was practiced not only by Hindus. Many oriental countries are known for their schools of belly dancing that were established at the period of society’s positive attitude to sex.

As for Europe, it was France that came as a birthplace of the “public luring dance” kink that we today refer to as striptease. The first dancer to have undressed for the audience did this in Moulin Rouge cabaret in 1893. Moreover, originally cancan was a dance for seduction as well. And though today there are few people enthusiastic about this kind of kink, it was a very popular kinky entertainment at the end of the XIX century.

A meaningful kink: corruption of Renaissance

Italian Renaissance is known for its Arentino Poses (or Sixteen Pleasures) – the work in which Rafael’s apprentices succeeded in proving the kinksters of Europe to have been there yet from the years of Renaissance. The engravings have turned into a household name and were used in sex communication as specific lexicon and even a measure of sexual sophistication.

The one whose knowledge in sexual poses surpassed those displayed on Arentino prints was a person with broad sexual experience. For some people of those days the book was a kind of manual and introduction to varied sexual practices not limited to the missionary position only. A kind of European Kama Sutra, the Arentino Poses tempted the readers into trying to repeat what they saw on a picture. The contribution of the Poses author can be referred to as acing the kink of corruption: not only of those who ordered the engravings but all succeeding generations as well.

Japanese bondage

Japan has presented us with a gift of erotic bondage kink also known as shibari (the Japanese for “decoratively tie”). From historical point the correct name of the said art is kinbaku that is literary translated as ‘the beauty of tight binding”. Even the debates over the title correctness capture with their delicate aestheticism. One of the theories tells the word shibari to emphasize usage of artistic aesthetic ropes while kinbaku denotes artistic, sensual, sexual practice of binding in general.

Historic roots of vibrator

A “sex toy” has turned to be an extremely old kink: there is a 28 000 year old dildo that archeologists found in the South of Germany. The “automated” dildos of our days were brought into vogue almost simultaneously by the French, the Englishmen and the Americans. Frenchmen were the first to have done it in 1734; a hundred years later in the USA and Great Britain they created vibrators that originally did not imply the idea of pleasure and were not a part of exciting games.

The first vibrators were invented by doctors, their purpose being different from that of today. They made them “for their own benefit”. After treating female patients’ hysterias many doctors suffered from aching wrists. Thus they engineered a device that was dealing with hysteria better than doctor’s hand did – the vibrator.

Kinks of our days

It is impossible to draw a conclusion about which time is the kinkiest – that of ours with information disseminated throughout the Internet, or the antiquity in that the culture of sexual connoisseurship was only dawning and becoming an object of immortal treatises that specified shades of different feelings arising in kinky games.

We are obviously not the ones who have invented sex; moreover we proceed to use the pleasure techniques that were authored yet by our most great-grandfathers and great-grandmothers. But if you want to learn more about the kinks that our ancestors for sure have not dared to dream of, read Eyes Wide Open: A Guide to Kinky Clubs and Kinky Parties!

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