Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Oldest Sex Toy

I honestly didn't know what I would find when looking this particular topic up. I mean, I know that sex is vitally important to our survival as a species, but I guess like a lot of people, its really difficult to think of older civilizations as not only sexual, but enjoying it to the point of inventing toys.

I was wrong, I admit it. In fact, I honestly thought that the oldest sex toy on record would be only a few hundred, maybe a few thousand years old. I was wrong there as well. The oldest sex toy was found in an archaeological dig in southwest Germany, in the famous Hohle Fels Cave near Ulm in the Swabian Jura...dated 30,000 years old.

What they found was a stone object, 20cm long (8 inches) and 3cm wide (1.25 inches). It had a distinct shape and size can really mean one thing...it was a sex object...a dildo. Mind you, "'In addition to being a symbolic representation of male genitalia, it was also at times used for knapping flints,' explained Professor Nicholas Conard, from the department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, at Tübingen University.”

Sexual objects that have been found also have a worship significance, such as naked statues and phallic symbols for fertility instead of just sexual pleasure. Another old piece is the Venus of Willendorf, another German find, a carved piece of ivory of a naked woman that has been dated between 35,000-40,000 years old. “The pronounced breasts, buttocks and genitals familiar in later Venuses are usually interpreted to be expressions of fertility.” (BBC 2). There have been several Venus' found around the world, all showing the female form in this manner.

As far as phallic symbols, they are found throughout Greek, Egyptian and Roman history for fertility...and sexual uses. Even China has their mark with a double-ended dildo made of wood. There are thousands of images on vases, walls of old buildings, even the Kama Sutra of India made an entire book with such images (and of course how to do what was in the picture).

The phallic bird (pictured) was used in Ancient Greece for fertility rituals, and Dionysian processions where participants carried phallic poles. The unveiling of the phallus constituted an important rite of Dionysiac celebrations. The phallus was a popular symbol of fertility.

Human beings are one of the only mammals that actually enjoy sex. It isn't just for procreation, its for fun as well. Although this was more of a history lesson it also helps when you have evidence that even our Upper Paleolithic ancestors had toys...they were enjoying themselves and you should too!

Cherry On!

Sources:
The British: BBC 1 and BBC 2
What would I do without Wikipedia
Times Online
Winged Phallis Picture

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