Taboo sex, incest

Open a series of texts about different sexual deviations. Where they came from, where were you and why it is still alive – that’s what will be discussed. And all of the material, of course, will be based more on scientific information, not just on speculation.Today let’s talk about incest and its taboo in different cultures. To begin surprising to many thing in Russia, incest is not forbidden, if we are talking about people who came of age and voluntariness. And here in Ireland for such you can sit for life, and your kindred friend can get 7 years. In Austria you will be given 3 years in Switzerland, too 3. Such is their lack of spirituality.

And still a negative attitude towards incest, sexual relations between close relatives, everywhere. We condemn the incest much more than drug addiction, alcoholism and prostitution. But it was not always and not everywhere. Especially in the beginning of our history.

Primitive

Claude Levi-Strauss-French anthropologist, sociologist and cultural anthropologist, believed that condemnation of the incest society is «a major step, thanks to which, through which and, importantly, within which the transition from nature to culture». Primitive man, according to Levi-Strauss, made a huge cultural leap when he decided to organize his sex life, because early biological Union was based primarily on edinagronord. It was the standard procedure in a primitive society. And transformation of such unions in the likeness of marriages, which involve the exchange of women between different groups, helped to structure and develop the social organization. Had the beginnings of culture and the first rejection of a man of his nature.

But, as you already understood, first, incest was a common thing. And for all primitive peoples. It is believed that first there was the violent repression of an incestuous relationship and then there are other, more subtle barriers of religion, cultural and moral norms. But at the dawn of its existence mankind lived in small groups, childbirth and had, as a rule, the clan organization. This organization maintains many of the modern tribes living somewhere in the middle of nowhere, in the jungle, far from civilization.

Ethnographers, of course, actively explored these modern primitive tribes. And that’s what they said: the chaotic relationships within the family was only at the very beginning of human evolution, after there was a system of group marriage, and subsequently monogamy. In group marriage, all men had equal marriage rights in relation to all women: daughters, sisters, mothers including. The child being in the system of group marriage, considered all men fathers and women mothers, all the peers brothers or sisters. This, of course, archaic, and now rarely where you will meet. But traces of this period remain, even in our language. For example, in many communities, the unions, the gangs we call our friends, brothers or sisters. So, from the point of view of Ethnography, is not just slang, but a real blast from the past.

Strange, but the fear of incest arose, as scientists believe, from a mystical and religious considerations. In prehistoric societies was circulated totemism. At some point the ideology of totemism brought a sacred ban on sexual relationships between members of the same totem. Australian tribes clearly demonstrated this prohibition, the violation of the prohibition was punishable by death of both representatives. However, the totemic prohibitions did not prevent sex between father and daughter, if you touch the aborigines of Australia.

Before the transition to monogamy arose phratry, they United the representatives of multiple totems. And, of course, within individual phratry incest are also prohibited. Then in force included some cultural traditions. For example, a widely-known tactic of «avoidance» of the opposite sex. For example, it was impossible is alone a friend if she’s with your fratrie, it was indecent. Then, in the case actively involved mythology. It is, in essence, was not just a collection of some fairy tales. In the mythology of different Nations was given clear instructions of the divine will of the gods.

Culture

When the first state, the incest has acquired a slightly different color. Every nation started to treat it in a unique way. Some against incest was based on religious fear, in others to the inconvenience, others chose to ignore it, there were even those that thought it was the norm. Here are the most interesting, in our opinion, cases which confirm the universal attitude to this issue.

Ancient Egypt

It is famous for its incestuous relationships. They were common among the aristocracy and the pharaohs. Perhaps the reason for this is the unique religious system of Ancient Egypt. And, of course, oppressive rule involves the abandonment of all power in the hands of one family. This has resulted in a lot of cases, «Royal incest».

Ellada

The Greeks sexually closed was never. So despotism does not characterize them. In the myths described in detail subconscious fears and desire of the Greek people, but incest is not punished by law. There was even a city – Arsinoe, where it was recorded, two thirds of marriages between brothers and sisters. Then there was the II century BC.

Ancient Rome

Rome has always been difficult. And although the attitude towards incest in General has always been a negative in society, in the moments of the reign of such notorious emperors as Caligula, moral standards went by the wayside.

Persia time of Zoroastrianism

Consider that the entire territory of Persia was under their control even more, until they came to the Abbasids. A big piece that was called Eranshahr (the Sasanian Empire, the state of the Aryans). Their culture did not forbid incest, but actively encouraged marriages between parents and children, brothers and sisters. In the VII century, the last «King of kings» fell under the onslaught of the Caliphate.

Melanesia

One of Neoheresy Islands, when a young boy undergoes the ceremony of manhood, he leaves mother’s house. He can’t meet your sister should run away from them, he was not even allowed to follow their tracks in the sand. Such «avoidance» is an integral part of life of the aborigines of this island. Or take, for example, New Mecklenburg (formerly New Ireland), such restrictions imposed in the relationship of cousins. The punishment for breaking the rules – the death penalty through hanging.

Samoa and Hawaii

In traditional societies these islanders, who cut through on the boards on the waves, was an interesting fact. The responsibility of the parents included sexual initiation of their children. Were common marriages between half brothers and sisters. But if to speak about such traditional societies, you can find the following: adults often stimulated genitals of their children for preventive care, for the sake of peace. Can this be considered a sexual deviation or tradition, God knows. Now everyone is talking about tradition, maybe this is it?

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