More Cave Porn

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 08:51
Submitted by Carlin Ross

The oldest cave porn in the world (dating back 12-17,000 years ago) was found in the Chauvet cave in France. There are depictions of intercourse and a ton of vulva art. My favorite is this one stalactite that they made into a big clitoris that hangs from the ceiling of the cave.

And now they've discovered more cave porn - this time bicurious cave porn - in caves in China. The Kangjiashimenji Petroglyphs are bas-relief carvings in a massive red-basalt outcropping in the remote Xinjiang region of northwest China. The artwork includes the earliest—and some of the most graphic—depictions of copulation in the world.  This is the best pic I could find but it's not terribly graphic - here's a written description:

"In the first scene, nine huge women and two much smaller men dance in a circle, seemingly admonishing their viewers. This is the only scene without ithyphallic men—though to the side, a prone bisexual has an obvious erection. Two symbols near the center look like stallions fighting head to head.

The second scene is packed with weird happenings. Women and men dance in a frenzy around a large ithyphallic bisexual about to penetrate a small hourglass female with an explicit vulva. His breastplate depicts a female head, with a conical headdress just like his. On the left, a second bisexual in a monkey mask is about to penetrate a small, faceless female. Nearby, a pair of striped animals lies prone amid bows and arrows, while at the other end, a giant two-headed female seems to lead the ritual. Disembodied heads abound, perhaps indicating spectators.

The next scene is smaller and cruder. A chorus line of infants emerges from a small female being penetrated simultaneously by a male and a bisexual while three more ithyphallic males await their turn. Another figure holds a penis longer than he is tall, pointing it at the sole large woman in the scene. She stands in front of a platform on which a faceless body lies prone, wearing what looks like the striped animals’ fur. The body resembles the females copulating in this and the previous scene. It is the only figure shown with its arms lowered, probably indicating death in a ritual sacrifice. A small dog is also at the center.

The last full scene contains no obvious women at all, though the floating bodies on the upper right may be female. Ithyphallic males and a bisexual take part in a frenzied dance. One male seems to have his arm around another while a loner near the bottom seems to be masturbating as a parade of tiny infants streams from his erection. It looks a lot like a frat party."

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Is It Porn Or Fertility?

Walter's picture
Sat, 02/23/2013 - 22:10

I would argue against calling this rock art "porn."  I first ask what were the people back 15 thousand years ago most concerned about?  Daily survival: food, clothing and shelter.  Then a longer term concern would be survival of the group by maintaining firtility.  So I feel that the explicit stylized drawings depict a past firtility ritual in order to educate the younger members of a clan on how to preform the ritual and thus produce future generations.  The bisexual figures may have to do with group bonding.  I don't see a few clan members spending their time and energy creating this art just for the entertainment of the group while sitting around the camp fire.

i agree, walter

Sun, 02/24/2013 - 13:46

One thing to remember about hunter-gatherer cultures is that they often had plenty of time for artistic and religious rituals unless they lived in a climate that was particularly harsh. And even then, Arctic Circle peoples produced art. Wouldn't these drawings have had powerful significance for the people who etched them in rock? Would they have seen a relationship between their own fertility and the fertility of the world around them, the world they knew they were dependent upon? (Unlike people today who seem to think food grows in supermarkets.)

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