Sexual intercourse, as defined by Merriam Webster, is “heterosexual intercourse involving penetration of the vagina by the penis” or “intercourse (as anal or oral intercourse) that does not involve penetration of the vagina by the penis.”
This is the common definition, generally accepted through out the world. But what about sexual customs from around the world? The different quirks of the diverse cultural and religious groups across the globe? Trust me, there are some weird ones out there!
1. The Great Rite
Pagans have been long misunderstood, with naysayers attributing rites and rituals to Pagan practices that simply don’t exist. The perpetuations of myths such as sexual orgies with Satan and bestiality taking place among Pagan covens have irreparably damaged the reputation of legitimate faiths.
However, many Pagan religious DO practice a form of sexual spirituality. Very common among Pagans, and Wiccans in particular is the Great Rite. The Great Rite is defined as “the symbolic sexual union of the Goddess and the God which is enacted at Beltane (May 1st) in most traditions, and at other Sabbats in many others.” This union is symbolized through ritual by placing the athame (double edged throwing knife), which represents the phallus, inside the chalice or cauldron, which represents the womb.
The Great Rite is also known as the “Sacred Marriage”. It an actual sexual union between the high priest and high priestess of the coven, used in ritual to represent the sexual union between the Goddess and the God.
Pagans are not the only ones in the world who practice some sort of sexual spirituality. In Indonesia, they celebrate a holiday called Pon. Seven times a year, celebrants make a pilgrimage to Java, to a sacred mountain, to perform a ceremony of good fortune through intercourse. To receive such blessings, participants must spend the night having sex with someone other than their husband or wife. However, according to tradition, their wishes will only come true if they have sex with the same person during all seven celebrations.
If you travel to Haiti, to the waterfalls of Saut d’Eau, during the month of July, you may witness a quite risqué ritual. Voodoo practitioners make this journey each summer to worship the goddess of love. Pretty normal stuff right?
Wrong. Picture a bunch of buck-naked people twisting and wriggling around in mud mixed with the blood of sacrificed animals–cow and goat heads are thrown into the mix. I’m sure there’s nothing like it if you’re an exhibitionist.
France has long been considered one of the most romantic countries in the world. Millions of newlyweds flock there for their honeymoons. Nevertheless, I have to wonder if they take those vows seriously once they get there. Here’s why: 41% of French adults have admitted to participating in an orgy and 27 percent of them have engaged in partner swapping. Forget the City of Lights; Paris may very well be the City of Swingers.
Looking for a nice Romanian girl to love, honor and receive fellatio from? Not gonna happen.
Decent and upright women in Romania do not perform oral sex. Even if they wanted to, their lovers probably wouldn’t let them Apparently, in Romania, oral sex is something that only prostitutes, and their respective Johns, participate in. It’s considered degrading for a woman to give head. Sucks to be those men, pun intended.
6. Temporary Marriage
We all know that Muslim practices are among some of the strictest regarding sexual intercourse and the relationships between men and woman. For instance, Muslim couples are only allowed to have sex in missionary position. It’s considered gross and degrading for a man to ask anything other position from his wife. The Koran also disapproves of any type of intercourse in which the head or rear end face Mecca.
However, in certain Muslim countries, for instance, Iran, a young couple who would like to have sex before they’re ready to marry can request a “temporary marriage”. They are allowed to pay for a short ceremony, with a written contract dictating the amount of time they will be “married”. Once this is done, they can fuck like bunnies without contradicting Islamic law. I know a lot of people here in America who probably wish we had something similar!