Sacred Sexuality in Ancient Egypt: The Erotic Secrets of the Forbidden Papyrus

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Inner Traditions/Bear, Oct 1, 2001 - Religion - 264 pages
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• The first book to fully explore the sexual philosophy and practices of the ancient Egyptians

• Lavishly illustrated with erotic scenes from papyri that have long been hidden from the public

• Clarifies the connection of sacred sexuality to Egyptian cosmic symbolism

Until recently the forbidden papyri, whose explicit illustrations of Egyptian sexual practices were judged too shocking, were off limits to all but a few scholars. In this book, the first to fully explore Egyptian sexual philosophy and practices, Egyptologist Ruth Schumann-Antelme provides us a new view of the provocative sexual life of the ancient Egyptians.

Richly illustrated throughout, Sacred Sexuality in Ancient Egypt explains the symbolism of the erotic images found on the inner walls of the temples and tombs as well as those carved into pieces of limestone and sketched on papyri. The authors cover in detail the astonishing erotic scenes illustrating the Turin Papyrus, which have long been kept from public view. These papyri reveal in great detail Egyptian attitudes about love, religion, and even medicine, as well as specific sexual practices. Sacred Sexuality in Ancient Egypt reveals the intimate details of a society in which sexuality was the dynamic principle of the divine world, and the cosmic symbolism of religion imbued every level of Egyptian society with sexual significance.

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I really enjoyed this book. For almost every point the author made she backed it up with evidence or sources that she gained her information and so for much of it I can deem it reliable. Parts were brief but that is to be expected with such a subject within such an ancient culture. The pictures were beautiully presented and very regular which added to a clearer understanding and proof when looking at actual archaeological evidence.
Overall the book was beautiful, fun to read and very educational in a topic that is very hard to find elsewhere.

About the author (2001)

Ruth Schumann Antelme is an Egyptologist, an emeritus researcher of the Centre Nationale de la Researche Scientifique in France, and a former professor at the Ecole du Louvre. She is the author of Becoming Osiris and a resident of Paris. Stephane Rossini illustrated Becoming Osiris and Reading and Writing Hieroglyphics. He lives in Paris.

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