13 Fascinating Facts About Sex In Ancient Egypt
Sex and fertility in Ancient Egypt
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.
Homosexuality in ancient Egypt
Gender : sex and fertility - non-royal evidence. The wish to have children was essential for the ancient Egyptians, as is clearly expresses in their literature. Infant mortality must have been very high and many children were needed so that at least some of them could survive to adulthood. The ancient Egyptians did not have any pension system: children might be treated as security in old age or in times of illness.
Homosexuality in ancient Egypt is a disputed subject within Egyptology. Historians and egyptologists alike debate what kinds of views the ancient Egyptians' society fostered about homosexuality. Only a handful of direct clues survive, and many possible indications are vague and subject to speculation. The best known case of possible homosexuality in ancient Egypt is that of the two high officials Nyankh-Khnum and Khnum-hotep. Both men lived and served under pharaoh Niuserre during the 5th Dynasty c.