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"In this sequel to his previous bestseller, The Jewel in the Lotus, Allen Edwardes collaborates with R E L Masters (author of Forbidden Sexual Behaviour and Morality and Eros and Evil) on a study of Afro-Asian sexual expression. The result is an immensely valuable and extremely readable source book and scrutiny of the erotic practices of peoples whose behaviour is all but unknown to most scholars in the West. The Cradle of Erotica discusses in detail the whole range of sexual practices found among the people studied. The more common of these are fully examined, and the authors go on to explore the orgiastic rites of sexual cults, the religiously and otherwise motivated mutilation of both male and female genitalia so widely practised in the East, the subjects of Eastern bi-sexuality, sado-masochism and sexual fatalism.
"Eastern erotologists as well as Western observers are liberally quoted; and many works of Arabian and Oriental erotica are also drawn upon in excerpts.
"There is no comparable work available today.The Cradle of Erotica, which is in part based on the very rare work of a nineteenth army surgeon and traveller, should endure as a source book not only for the psychiatrist but for all professionals who are interested in understanding the majority of the world's peoples."
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Chapter Headings: Philosophy; Genitalia; Genital Intercourse; Promiscuity; Anal Intercourse; Masturbation; Oral Intercourse: East and West
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"Khojeh 'Omar Halebi Abu 'Othman, the Turkish author of El-Kitāb Sherī'et el-Khabbeh fī 'Ilm el-Muhhabbeh (Book of the Secret Laws of Love), has written that sensuality, which is idealised in Islam, may be considered an end in itself. Allah and Eros are regarded as one and the same under divine and mundane law
The vital spirit of El-Islam lies in its unqualified sanctification of sexual passion. The same is true of Hinduism. We find no unnatural fear of the facts of life among otherwise superstitious Orientals; for while the prayers are still chanted with fervid and melodious regularity in the mosque, the pleasures are indulged in with even greater devotion in the whorehouse next door."
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