13 Ancient Superstitions About Love-making Between fact and fiction

Here, we handle the old love-making theories with a distinction between fact and fiction.


1. Erections were only caused by flatulence.

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The Roman physician Galen thought that erections were caused by “wind” inflating the penis. Consequently, any foods that made you gassy were considered aphrodisiacs. So people were keen on having gassy foods for increasing their sexual potency. Foods like legumes, greens and milky foods were always put on the dinner table to get ready for a hot sexy night with the spouse. Farting during copulation was considered normal even if it produces ugly odour. Disgusting! Right?! . Modern science proves that this was just a fable as heavy meals aren’t favourable at all for a good love-making.

2. Women could drain the “lifeblood” by copulation with men while menstruation.

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I mean, if you were losing a bunch of blood, wouldn’t you just succubus some out of your sexual partner?!. Be cautious not to try this as it leads to sexual diseases like Gonorrhea and Syphilis. Also, women during this period needs recreation. She is no urge for sex at all.

3. Throw an egg at your wife to wish her a good childbirth.

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In Edvard Westermarck’s book Early Beliefs and Their Social Influence (1932), he notes that this was a tradition practiced by Jewish people in Morocco to express the hope of an easy childbirth. Or you could just, like, use your words. This is one of many quirky fables adopted by the jewish people.

4. Even after marriage, you could still go to hell for love-making with your wife.

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In the twelfth century Vision of Alberic, there was a “special place of torture, consisting of a lake of mingled lead, pitch, and resin” for married people who have sex on Sundays, church festivals, or fast-days. Having sex on any other days was viable and not guilty at all. On these days, it was considered an unforgivable sin whose only expiation was ‘’ indulgence’’.

5. Nobility thought that love-making could dilute their purity and originality.

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Apparently, there was a widespread belief that having sex was dirty and, like, seismically so. Westermarck relates that when the supreme pontiff of Congo took trips, all married people were barred from having sex while he was in town, just in case. Love-making was considered offensive and filthy for some nobles of higher classes and not a polite way of showing love.

6. Horse-riding after love-making was a bad omen.

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I will just leave the full Westermarck quote for you all: “If a person who is sexually unclean rides a horse, another holy animal, the horse will probably get sores on its back, and the rider will tumble down, or be late in arriving to his destination, or will not succeed in business, or will have boils, or even die’’. This fable is right to some extent. Washing is very important after love-making to get rid of all the poisons emitted by the body after orgasms or they will block the pores and harm the body once again.

7. If you want to keep your man, add some menstrual blood to his food.

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Mariamne H. Whatley talks about this belief from Jamaica in her book Did You Hear About The Girl Who—?: Contemporary Legends, Folklore and Human Sexuality (2001). Apparently some men avoid red foods like pasta because of this myth. They believed that a man who loved a woman utterly would have some of her menstrual blood in his food. Not even without knowing it, she would be able to guarantee his fidelity this way. Warning; having some of the period blood could poison and kill you. It smells horrible as well.

8. Any woman who gave a soldier a venereal disease was legally a prostitute.

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During Word War II, if a German soldier on the front got a venereal disease, he was forced to identify the woman who infected him and she would consequently be registered as a prostitute. There were similar laws in Britain targeting civilian women with “khaki fever” who officials deemed “amateur prostitutes’’. This fable is totally true as prostitution makes seamen of different men mix causing pernicious venereal diseases and women could pass them on to men through intercourse.

9. Girls who masturbated would have small boobs and deformed babies.

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Because you’re obviously having children, right? In Lyman B. Sperry’s Confidential Talks With Young Ladies (1892), he warns that should you “abuse your reproductive system,” you’ll wreck absolute havoc on your body and any future bodies your body might carry. This fable need not be true at all times yet it has some considerable grains of truth. Materbation without a man is not the innate way of fulfilling the sexual pleasure. Of course, there’s a special substance secreted by women during intercourse which the male’s penis absorbs which gives him a feeling of utter rapture or orgasm. Thus, masterbation weakens the common health, sight, immunity system and the sexual desire. The women at risk of this are the ones with addiction and frequency.

10. Women who masturbated were susceptible to committing suicide.

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People who would fulfill their sexual desires in this incomplete and deformed way whether males or females would feel bored, stressed, disgusted and deprived because of their inability to share it with a real partner. Also, they have lower levels of energy and gradually become impotent and their desire diminishes in course of time. That’s why they get sick of life and gradually think of putting an end to this miserable life by committing suicide.

11. Eating sparrow brains could improve your sex life.

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The ancient Greek goddess of love and sex, Aphrodite, was said to hold sparrows sacred, so sparrow brain was used to increase performance. Although this may seem strange, having the sparrow brains really does make your sexual urge more intense. But how many sparrow brains would you need to do this job? Also, sparrows are adorable home pets and no one can even think of eating them. They’re homely, lovely, intimate, cheering and delightful.

12. Foot binding was shorthand for good sex.

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The ancient Chinese practice was so popular in part because it seemed to strengthen vaginal muscles. Tiny feet signaled a better sexual experience to many men. This fable is also true as this posture tightens the opening of the vaginal opening, making the penus scrub it more vigorously with the legs help up binded.

13. You could have sex, even in the afterlife.

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Since ancient Egyptians believed that the afterlife was pretty much just a continuation of life on earth, of course your spirit got to have sex. Tombs were even outfitted with images and statues of women for this purpose. (Sexy dude statues were notably absent.) This fable is true because really people who go to paradise enjoy unique sex. There’s nothing called temporary orgasm and the pleasure is beyond measure. There is no peeing, no ugly pore smell, and no period. You have incredible physical strength, surrounded by all kinds of comfort, no pain, no death, no sleeping, no fatigue and no disdain.

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