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L0033080 A crocodile controlled by a female devil to give her sexual Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org A crocodile controlled by a female devil to give her sexual pleasure by applying its mouth to her vagina. Gouache 19th century Published: [18--?] Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

For the past few years, sex and India has been in the news, mostly in a negative light – highlighting a rape culture and gender disparity that’s rearing it’s head on a global scale. It’s ironic, considering the restrictive and puritanical attitudes towards sex and their consequences on women in modern-day India, that pre-colonial India was relatively open when it came to sex. Sex and nudity features prominently in temple sculptures, especially in South India, and in Indian literature; the most well-known literature about sex practices in human history is the Vatsyayana Kamasutram, better known as the Kama Sutra, written somewhere between 400 BCE and 200 CE. Up until the invasion of India by several European nations, most notably the British, sex for pleasure was perfectly acceptable, if not encouraged, in Indian life – albeit in the marriage bed. As the grip of Victorian England tightened on Indian culture, the Hindu attitude towards sex became increasingly seen as “barbaric” and inferior to the tight-assed (no pun intended) Victorian attitudes towards sex, which were basically that masturbation caused serious health issues, that sex should be restricted to reproduction purposes, and that enjoying sex in any way was shameful, especially for women. This unfortunate way of thinking was imposed on India and eroded their attitudes towards one of life’s few pleasures, and as a result Victorian ideals became the norm in India, and conservative sex values are still the norm today. The following paintings were done in 19th century India, and while they are typical of earlier artworks about sex, you can see the puritanical influence creeping in in the form of demons and devils participating in the sex acts. I can’t read these, neither can I find information about the artist/author of these works, but it seems that an association is being made between homosexuality, bestiality, masturbation and evil in the form of demons. Either way, these are some pretty awesome and twisted paintings…enjoy!

 

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L0033073 Two women embracing and using carrots as dildoes. Gouache Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Two women embracing and using carrots as dildoes. Gouache 19th century Published: [18--?] Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Two women embracing and using carrots as dildoes. 

L0033075 A giant penis copulating with a female devil. Gouache Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org A giant penis copulating with a female devil. Gouache 19th century Published: [18--?] Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

A giant penis copulating with a female devil. 

L0033076 A man copulating with a goat or deer. Gouache painting by Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org A man copulating with a goat or deer. Gouache 19th century Published: [18--?] Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

A man copulating with a goat or deer.

L0033077 A female devil copulating with a giant penis. Gouache Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org A female demon copulating with a giant penis. Gouache 19th century Published: [18--?] Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

A female devil copulating with a giant penis.

L0033078 A woman riding on an enormous winged penis. Gouache Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org A woman riding on an enormous penis. Gouache 19th centruy Published: [18--?] Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

A woman riding on an enormous winged penis.

L0033079 A woman using a dildo in the form of a root vegetable Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org A woman using a dildo in the form of a root vegetable suspended from the branch of a tree. Gouache 19th century Published: [18--?] Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

A woman using a dildo in the form of a root vegetable 

L0033080 A crocodile controlled by a female devil to give her sexual Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org A crocodile controlled by a female devil to give her sexual pleasure by applying its mouth to her vagina. Gouache 19th century Published: [18--?] Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

A crocodile controlled by a female devil to give her sexual pleasure 

L0033081 A man ejaculating, while holding a net for birds. Gouache Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org A man ejaculating while holding a net for birds. Gouache 19th century Published: [18--?] Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

A man ejaculating, while holding a net for birds.

L0033082 A woman caresses another woman who uses a root vegetable as Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org A woman caresses another woman who uses a root vegetable as a dildo. Gouache 19th century Published: [18--?] Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

A woman caresses another woman who uses a root vegetable as a dildo 

L0033083 An antelope (?) whose body is formed by three pairs of Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org An antelope whose body is formed by three pairs of copulating humans. Gouache 19th century Published: [18--?] Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

An antelope whose body is formed by three pairs of copulating humans.

L0033084 A man copulating with a model of a woman and models of Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org A man copulating with a model of a woman and model of penises mounted on a board. Gouache 19th century Published: [18--?] Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

A man copulating with a model of a woman and model of penises mounted on a board. 

L0033085 A camel whose body is composed of copulating humans. Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org A camel whose body is composed of copulating humans. Gouache 19th century Published: [18--?] Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

A camel whose body is composed of copulating humans. 

All images copyright: Wellcome Library, London

Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_sex_in_India
http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/s/sex-and-sexuality-19th-century/

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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