Bahariya Oasis Egypt
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Ancient Egyptian Sexuality
pleasure while your life endures
And deck your head with myrrh. Be richly clad
In white and perfumed linen; like the gods
Anointed be; and never weary grow
In eager quest of what your heard desires -
Do as it prompts you...
Lay of the Harpist
Sexuality in ancient Egypt was open, untainted by guilt. Sex
was an important part of life - from birth to death and
rebirth. Singles and married couples made love. The gods
themselves were earthy enough to copulate. The Egyptians
even believed in sex in the afterlife. Sex was not taboo...
Even the Egyptian religion was filled with tales of
adultery, incest, homosexuality and masturbation... with
hints of necrophillia! Masculinity and femininity itself
were strongly linked with the ability to conceive and bear
To the ancient Egyptians, the most attractive women tended
to be the fertile ones. A woman who had children was seen to
be more fortunate than ones without. Taking after Isis, the
mother goddess of Horus, Egyptian women strove to be
intelligent, wise, mystical and mothers. Where her twin
sister Nephthys was barren, Isis was fertile.
In the Egyptian community, men had to prove their
masculinity by fathering children, while the women had to be
able to bear these sons and daughters. Being a mother meant
being able to keep her marriage secure and to gain a better
position in society.
But an Egyptian family was not just a status symbol - the
Egyptians loved their children and were not afraid to show
it. But there were some advice to parents, written by
Do not prefer one of your children above the others; after
all, you never know which one of them will be kind to you.
Adultery in Egypt was wrong. Women got the worst punishment
for adultery - a man might just be forced into a divorce,
but a woman could conceivably be killed for that crime. In
the Tale of Two Brothers, the adulterous wife was found out,
murdered and her body was thrown to the dogs.
Unmarried women, on the other hand, seem to be free to
choose partners as they so desire, and enjoy their love life
to its fullest.
Prostitutes advertised themselves through their clothing and
make up. Some prostitutes wore blue faience beaded fish-net
dresses, some of which is kept in the Weingreen Museum of
Biblical Archaeology in Dublin. They painted their lips red,
and tattooed themselves on the breasts or thighs and even
went around totally nude.
The Egyptians had their own ways and means of getting around
the fact that sex produced children. They had both
contraceptives and abortions, mostly these were
prescriptions that were filled with unpleasant ingredients
such as crocodile dung. Here is one of the nicer ones:
Prescription to make a woman cease to become pregnant for
one, two or three years: Grind together finely a measure of
acacia dates with some honey. Moisten seed-wool with the
mixture and insert it in the vagina.
-- Ebers Medical Papyrus
From the close family relationships in Egyptian mythology
and the fact that Egyptians seemed to have no taboo against
incest, many have concluded that incest was rife in ancient
There were probably some brother and sister marriages, but
more likely than not, the siblings in question would have
been half-brothers and half-sisters. The problem arises from
the limited Egyptian terms of kinship, which are very
confusing. A 'father' could refer to the actual father, the
grandfather or male ancestors, while 'mother' could be the
same, but for the females of the family. 'Sister' could mean
a lover, a wife, a mistress or concubine, niece or aunt!
The royal family, on the other hand, did have more
incestuous marriages. The royal blood ran through the
females, not the males. To become pharaoh, a man had to
marry a royal princess... which would be his sister or
The prevalence of brother-sister marriages within the New
Kingdom royal family, a custom in obvious contrast to
contemporary non-royal marriage patters, appears to have
been an attempt to reinforce the links between the royal
family and the gods who themselves frequently indulged in
Even the gods had sex in ancient Egypt. Ra (in the form of
Atum) masturbated his children Shu and Tefnut into
Atum is he who masturbated in On. He took his phallus in his
grasp that he might create orgasm by means of it, and so
were born the twins Shu and Tefnut.
-- Pyramid Text 1248-49
Nut and Geb
Nut, the goddess of the night sky, and her brother Geb, the
god of the earth, were originally thought to be in a
constant state of love making. Ra grew angry with his
grandchildren, and commanded their father Shu to separate
the two lovers. The god of the air took his place, and
trampled on the ithyphallic Geb, and lifted Nut high into
the air. Nut was found to be pregnant, and was then cursed
by Ra - she would never be able to bear her children on any
month of the 360 day year. Thoth managed to win a game
against Khonsu, god of the moon, and used some of the light
of the moon to create five extra days (making the year 365
days). During those days Nut gave birth to her five children
- Isis, Osiris, Nephthys, Set and Horus the Elder (not to be
confused with Horus, the child of Isis and Osiris).
Nephthys and Osiris
Some tales of sex and the Egyptian gods is on the seamier
side - one of the reasons given as to why Set and Osiris
hate each other was because of Nephthys, Set's sister-wife.
She was barren (she represented the desert, as did Set), and
she hit on the plan of disguising herself as Isis and
seducing Osiris. Getting Osiris drunk, Nephthys took Osiris
to her bed, and the two had drunken sex together. Osiris
dropped his garland of melilot flowers in the act of
passion. Set found the adulterous goddess and the flowers,
and knowing who the flowers belonged to, he began to plan
Osiris' death. The child of this union was thought to be
Anubis, god of mummification.
Now as the overflowings of the Nile are sometimes very
great, and extend to the boundaries of the land, this gave
rise to the story of the secret intercourse between Osiris
and Nephthys, as the natural consequence of so great an
inundation would be the springing up of plants in those
parts of the country which were formerly barren.
Isis and Osiris
After his first attempt, Set managed to kill Osiris again
and cut up his body into numerous parts. These parts Set
spread all over Egypt. Isis, Nephthys and Anubis searched
Egypt, and managed to retrieve all of the pieces of the
body, except one - Osiris' phallus. Set had dropped the
penis into the Nile (making it fertile), where it was eaten
by a fish. The god and goddesses pieced Osiris together and
created the first mummy. Using her magic, Isis fashioned a
replacement for Osiris' missing part, either out of clay,
wood or gold, and attached this to her dead husband's body.
Through magical spells, life was breathed back into Osiris'
body (though some dispute this and believe that Osiris was
dead at the time)... The goddess managed to share a time of
passion with her husband who impregnating her with their
child, Horus. Osiris then passed into the afterlife,
becoming god of the dead.
Horus and Set
Then Set said to Horus: "Come, let us have a feast day at my
house." And Horus said to him: "I will, I will." Now when
evening had come, a bed was prepared for them, and they lay
down together. At night, Set let his member become stuff,
and he inserted it between the thighs of Horus. And Horus
placed his hand between his thighs and caught the semen of
-- Story of Horus and Set
After Osiris' eventual death, while Horus was growing up and
planning his own revenge, Set and Horus engaged in a
homosexual relationship. In one part of the myth, Set
proclaimed to Horus, "How lovely your backside is."
Informing his mother Isis about his uncle's ardour, Horus is
told to catch Set's semen rather than becoming impregnated
by the murderer of his father. Set, in doing so, was
planning on humiliating Horus by showing the gods that Horus
would be filled with someone else's semen.
Horus and Isis's next plan was to 'impregnate' Set with
Horus' semen. His mother spreads powerful unguents on Horus'
penis, after which he ejaculated into a jar, and they spread
it on some lettuce, a favourite aphrodisiac to the ancient
Egyptians. Set then eats the semen-covered lettuce, and so
Horus (rather than Set with his first 'attack') becomes
sexually dominant over his uncle. Set then asked the gods to
bring the semen forth from the 'impregnated' one, to
humiliate Osiris' son. The semen comes out of Set himself,
and he becomes the laughing stock of the gods!
The Egyptian god if the Nile, Hapi, was a masculine deity,
given female properties because of the fertility of the Nile
river. Without the Nile, there would be no Egypt. Due to the
duality of Egyptian thought, there were two Hapi gods - one
of Upper Egypt wearing the lotus on his head, and one of
Lower Egypt wearing papyrus. He was usually depicted as a
blue or green coloured man with a protuding belly, carrying
libation jugs. He also has full breasts, indicating his
ability to nourish Egypt. Despite being a hermaphrodite god,
both Hapis were given wives - Nekhebet in Upper Egypt and
Uatchet in Lower Egypt.
Lettuce was thought to be the favourite food of the
fertility god, Min. He was depicted as a god with an erect
penis, wearing a feathered crown and carrying a flail.
Lettuce was his sacred plant, and an aphrodisiac to the
ancient Egyptians - this particular species of lettuce was
tall, straight and secreted a milky substance when pressed!
Another aphrodisiac was the onion. They were forbidden to
the priests who had vowed celibacy, for fear that their
passion might take over, and that they might desecrate
Fennel, ginger, pomegranates, coriander in wine and radishes
mixed with honey were thought to have aphrodisiac qualities,
The Lotus was also a symbol of sexuality, as well as
immortality and health. It was possibly even a narcotic that
the Egyptians used, but it was more likely to be a sexual
Some of the more unusual aphrodisiacs included pearls
dissolved in a cup of wine, baboon faces added to
The Turin Papyrus contains various pictures of sexual
activity, perhaps focused on Ramses II and his many wives,
or maybe depicting an ancient Egyptian brothel. It has been
theorised that, more likely, it is just the fantasies of an
ancient Egyptian who happened to sketch them out on papyrus.
Most of the positions drawn on this papyrus seem to be
Another sexual sketch - this time graffiti - from ancient
Egypt shows a woman with a pharaoh's crown, maybe Hatshepsut
engaging in sex with a male that many presume to be Senmut.
This sketch has caused many people to believe that
Hatshepsut and her favourite courtier were lovers.
From various sources, it seems that the Egyptian preferred
method of intercourse were face-to-face or from behind.
The Egyptians thought of their afterlives as more of a
continuation of life on earth (albeit a better life). This
being the case, the Egyptians believed in sex life after
Egyptian men had false penises attached to their mummies
while Egyptian women had artificial nipples attached. Both
would become fully functional in the afterlife, where they
were free to engage in sexual intercourse, if they so
There were even fertility dolls in many graves - women with
wide, child-bearing hips that were often carrying children
in their arms. Other fertility dolls, known as paddle dolls,
don't have any legs, and their bodies end in very wide pubic
area, with tiny heads and arms.
These dolls show that the Egyptians believed that fertility
and sex were interlinked, though the ancient Egyptians quite
clearly enjoyed sex in its own right!