A small history of the orgy
Group sex captures the imagination of many people. The idea of many bodies, free ecstatic sex, debauched parties, and sexual excesses stirs the imagination of many. Orgies have been around for as long as humanity has existed and yet they often remain a small mystery. Therefore, in this blog, I dive into the history of orgies.
What is an orgy?
When we currently talk about an orgy, we usually mean a sex party in which five people or more participate. The guests at that party freely participate in open and uninhibited sexual activity or group sex.
The difference between this and a swingers party is that the participants in an orgy are anonymous and completely and openly give themselves sexually to strangers. At a swingers party, the participants are often more or less acquaintances of each other.
The word orgy was used in the past for religious feasts, or excessive eating and drinking feasts (bacchanals), which did not necessarily have a sexual connotation. The word ‘orgy’ is also used to indicate an excess of something, for example in the sentence ‘the painting contains an orgy of color’.
The ancient Greeks and Romans
In the religion of the ancient Greeks, orgies (ὄργια) were ecstatic rites. These mysterious customs were secret and thus accessible only to the initiated. Because these orgies took place secretly at night, and the liquor flowed abundantly, there was speculation about lustful acts. It was assumed that sex was involved, but probably the purpose of this secret worship was primarily to achieve ecstatic union with gods such as Dionysius or Orpheus.
The Romans were not exactly restrained in their god worship either, as in worshipping Saturn, lord of death, and Bacchus, god of wine. The secret private imperial feasts were accompanied by sexual excesses and perversions. Gross violence was not shunned either. Anyone who has seen the movie Caligula, about the third emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus, knows how the infamous emperor celebrated. He even had three gigantic orgy ships at the beginning of the first century, where he hosted sex parties and committed the occasional murder. Yet historians are not entirely in agreement about the accuracy of the descriptions that have been found. Some “evidence,” for example by the historian Titus Livius, is rather dismissed as sensationalist reading.
The rise of Christianity
When Christianity emerged, the unconditional feasts of Saturnalia and Bacchanalia were spoken of with disapproval; As a result, the Latin orgy became synonymous with went something depraved. Soon there came a sanction on sex festivals.
Yet orgies were not strange even in Christianity. Henryk Siemiradzki painted an orgy in the Vatican on All Saints’ Day weekend in 1501. The painting hangs in the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. Aat van Gilst describes in his book “Criminal Popes and Their Cronies” how it was “a merry go round” at court. He quotes a book by the master of ceremonies, who reports that, on the evening of October 31, 1501, in the presence of the pope, Lucretia and brother Cesare “as many as 50 whores were invited into the papal palace where, amidst burning chandeliers on the floor, they performed naked all kinds of dances that degenerated into revolting orgies.
When the black plague broke out in the 14th century, festivals were organized to celebrate life and show resistance to death and the dead. Residents of French villages that had been affected began to organize orgies in the cemeteries. In some cities, the “celebrations of life” were so massive and uncontrolled that the pope threatened the “whores and freethinkers” of Avignon with excommunication for their blasphemy.
The word ‘orgy’
The word orgy was first used in the English language in 1589 and in the Dutch language in 1824. This is not to say that the acts first occurred only then. There is ample evidence that licentious sex parties occurred long before that as well. And not just in England and the Netherlands.
It is known that Marquis de Sade organized perverse parties in France at his castle in the town of La Coste. He and his wife surrounded themselves with young male and female servants and subjected them to violent sex, cruelty and coprophagia, as described in his book “The 120 Days of Sodom. His sexual excesses even led to the word sadism being derived from his name.
The orgy was the plaything of the aristocracy, both in France and in other countries. In England, the high point was the rise of the Hellfire Club, founded by MP Sir Francis Dashwood. He leased the Abbey of Medmenham on the Thames. In the garden was a statue of a naked Venus, bent over so that visitors would be the first to see her behind. He built a network of caves and passages under a hill, with individual “cells” where the friars could slutshop. The friars hired London whores and carried them down the Thames on barges.
The orgy in recent history
In the 20th century orgies became rarer. It wasn’t until the ’60s that hippies tried to break prudishness and feminism and free love emerged. The sexual revolution tried to break mainstream culture and as part of that, the orgy made a comeback.
Since then, orgies have continued to occur. In 2001, anthropologist Pardis Mahdavi returned to Iran to discover the rising trend of sex parties. She openly described how she witnessed an orgy right before her eyes in a deflated swimming pool. While Iran was under a religious totalitarian regime, these orgies provided sexual liberation for the youth. In other words, Iran’s 2009 green revolution was due to orgies.
Even now, orgies are sometimes still primarily parties of the rich and influential. In 2010 Oxfam Novib was discredited because part of the funds raised to provide aid in Haiti were used to organize sex parties. The parties were allegedly held in homes paid for by Ofxam. The girls were said to have walked around there wearing Oxfam T-shirts. Elsewhere in the country, people were dying. The deputy director had to resign due to this scandal.
Interestingly, orgies began as simple celebrations in ancient Greek culture. Then we see them rise and fall back into vogue, often due to religious influences. Even now, with the rise of social media, we see that people are more reluctant to participate in an orgy. Before you know it, there are pictures or videos on the Internet.
Therefore, if you want to organize a sex party, it is important that you pay attention to the safety of the attendees. Sometimes orgies are organized at people’s homes. A private party at someone’s home seems like a good option, but for this setting you need people that you trust enough to let into your home. People you have found through the internet are then probably and less good option. It is better to rent a hotel room that is large enough to accommodate a group of people.
There are also clubs that organize sex parties. Often such clubs have a door policy, so that, for example, single men can be barred. Unfortunately, these kinds of parties are often for members only, which in practice means that you have to pay a lot of money for an entrance ticket. Sometimes there are also age requirements (which can be useful, depending on what you are looking for).
The most important question, however, is: with whom do you want to have an orgy? The obvious thing to do is to invite your partner. That way you can not only enjoy yourselves together, but you can also keep an eye on each other’s safety. It is important, however, that you make clear agreements with each other: what may your partner do and what may he not do with others? Furthermore, intimate friends or fuckbuddies are always a good option.
Dig into the rules of the party. What is the dress code, what are the rules about the different rooms (where can you have sex and where not), is there a particular theme?
And finally … practice safe sex. This sounds like an open door, but it’s not so easy in an orgy. Every time you change partners you are supposed to put on a new condom and that can be a challenge if you are having sex with more than one person at a time.
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