- Do "screamers" belong to certain "types"?
- Do shy people scream more or less?
- Are religious people ashamed after they have "accidentally" screamed the name of their "Lord" in semi-lethal decibels?
What about the atheists?
Do fastidious and uncompromising atheists scream during passionate sex?
Do they yell “Oh Darwin” if they haven’t come out of the ‘religious’ closet and can’t control the primal urge to deify?
Or do they satisfy the vocalizing urge with “Oh My ..Natural Selection. That was great!”
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Not all religious people have hang-ups about sex. Saint Augustine, one of the most influential figures of Christianity, with lots and lots of experience of screaming lust, was honest in his prayers to God. 'Grant me chastity and continence, only not yet.”
Sex and Religion
Strange bed fellows - Sex and religion are more tightly knit than people would care to admit. This is easily discovered by the number of "Thou shalt not's" present in most religions, especially the monotheistic religions. The Tantra traditions in Hinduism and Buddhism are among the most liberal in integration of sex and the erotic principle in matters of spirit. Native "ethnic" religions and animistic religions have a similar leaning.
If we look at all of known and recorded human history, we see that peoples, cultures and religions are always a tight fit. When you bring in a religion from outside and ‘convert’ a people, the religion also adapts by adopting indigenous worldview, aspects of culture and facets of the collective experience of the people into it. Any religion, which totally disregards what the people are used to, usually doesn’t succeed as Akhenaton, the eighteenth dynasty pharaoh of ancient Egypt (1353 BC – 1336 BC) learnt.
Gods and Goddesses of Sex and Lust
The ancient religions are full of deities dedicated to lust and love.
- Ashtarte in Canaanite mythology, who is the goddess of sexual love fertility and warfare.
- Bes in ancient Egypt was the god of sexual pleasure, music and dance.
- Aphrodite in Greek mythology was the goddess of lust, love and beauty.
- Pothos is the Greek god of sexual longing, desire and yearning
- Himeros is the Greek god of sexual desire
- Qandisa in Moroccan mythology is a goddess of lust who first seduces men and then drives them insane
- Tu Er Shen is a Chinese god dedicated to the love and sexual attraction between gay men
Black Jesus and White Saints
A very curious custom can be seen in the fringe areas of Christianity where colours of the 'deities' have political significance. In many churches and cathedrals in South America and Africa, where white Europeans brought Christianity, Jesus is often black, but most of the saints were white.
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Is this just an oversight or was there a covert message? “Well, you can satisfy your deifying urge by looking at a black Jesus, but don’t even think of ever becoming a Saint! Sainthood is reserved for whites only. You get the point? It is divine will that we, whites rule over you!”
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Religion can have political, commercial and domination agendas, possibly more than any other sphere of human activity. Often religion gets corrupted and becomes a mechanism to satisfy ego trips rather than bring salvation, happiness and liberation to people as countless cults have shown to do.
Very often, especially within the Christian tradition, God is portrayed as a bearded male figure. With one notable exception, Islam, where idolatry of images is forbidden, many religions and religious art have often portrayed God, a chief deity or the supreme deity as an older bearded male among non-bearded male deities or female deities. I am not so sure if there are bearded female deities, though.
Should God always be seen as Male? In Monotheism it is the rule, no exceptions. More in this article.
p.s. Apologies to people who enjoy their sex silently.
Here's a delightful cartoon of an Atheist and a Deist having wild and passionate sex.