What We Can Learn from Pompeii's Erotic Art

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 08:11
Submitted by Carlin Ross

I was going through my news feed when I found pixelated images of Pompeii's erotic art that had been preserved thanks to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.  Yes, they pixelated the areas where genital contact was portrayed.  Oh, America!

As I clicked through the images, I was struck by how inclusive they were in their depictions of sex acts.  There was cunniligus and a very progressive threesome.  It's always two women and one man.  There was the threesome I'd always envisioned: a man vaginally penetrating a woman while he was being anally penetrated by a man.  That makes orgasmic sense.

We think that we're so sexually advanced but, when you compare our sexual imagery, we're the less developed culture with mundane sexual appetites. We could learn alot from our ancient hedonists.

Editor in Chief & Keeper of All Things Betty Dodson

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Pompeiians adored Eros, eroticism

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 09:28

Something we can learn from Pompeii’s erotic art is the Pompeiians’ adoration of Eros: the God of love and sexual desire whose feats include the embrace of Uranus and Gaia(Heaven and Earth) and the creator of humankind. In Athens the fourth day of every month was sacred to Eros celebrating all the attractions that evoked love and desire, this included heterosexual and homosexual allurements. Obviously the ubiquitous erotic images adorning home décor and public venues affirmed that the Pompeiians were enamored with Eros and viewed sex as a completely normal and fulfilling experience. The motto in Pompeii, which could be found on the erotic art and walls, drinking vessels, as well as plaques, read "enjoy life while you can for tomorrow is uncertain". Imagine if nowadays we set aside one day a month to commemorate love and sexual desire…

Here is an excerpt from my book The Rejuvenating Power of Masturbation: Eroticism is the experience of ourselves as fulfilled, whole beings. When in alignment with our own wholeness we are in contact with our divinity (a state of being known as Eros) and the very experience of being alive can produce feelings of
pleasure, bliss and love in its unconditional form. Eroticism is our innate, natural state of being, waiting to be re-membered (embodied). When you remember eroticism, you will be able to feel it everywhere in everyone and everything. It is the pleasure and joy that comes from being fully alive. When you can live this way, beyond mental conditioning/illusion, you feel life with a depth and breadth that makes every thought and every moment a deeply sensual experience that is not limited by fear or lack.  The experience of eroticism can have long lasting impact, causing a person to see beyond the boxes of conditioning in which we live usually unaware.

 

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