In most of the civilised world, at least as far back as 5, years ago, there were women shamans or priestesses who represented the godhead in sacred sex rites and, in ancient Greece, they were known as hierodules. The Sovereignty of the Land could only be passed on through this sort of inter-dimensional intercourse, and it was a sacred contract that most civilisations honoured until relatively recently. The latest evidence we can find for the Hieros Gamos is in the teachings of the Mystery Groves — which were a great flowering of Gnostic knowledge and spiritual initiation held in Mediterranean and Mesopotamian countries during the Neolithic period. The passion plays were centred on the goddess Demeter who, in myths, is found wandering the Earth in grief after her daughter, Persephone, is abducted into the Underworld by Hades.
Holy Sex: Fascinating Rituals in Religious History
The Serpent Priestesses and Ancient Sexual Rites | Ancient Origins
Back in the 17th century, the English used to practice something known as 'bundling'. When a young teenage couple got married, they would be allowed to sleep in a bed together but their parents didn't want to have another mouth to feed 9 months down the line. To combat this the girl would put on a sack which would be tied tightly around her waist so her husband couldn't get in. As well as that they were tucked tightly into bed together and a board was inserted in the middle of the bed to keep them well and truly away from each other.
7 sex rituals that have thankfully died out
Racy gay sex, letting your partner cheat during your marriage and having sex in your underpants. So, what do these bizarre sounding deeds have in common? They are just some of the weird and wonderful ancient sex rituals that we are going to look at from around the world.
Women robed in scarlet sheaths, conducting rituals associated with serpents away from prying eyes, serving Innana, the Goddess of Love, Fertility and War. The color of their clothes was symbolic of their power, but why was blood, particularly their menstrual blood, deemed powerful? Was it merely in acknowledgement of new life that the womb brings forth?