Perspektiewe op erotiek en seksualiteit in die ou Nabye Ooste

Perspectives on erotism and sexuality in the ancient Near East Sexuality and erotism form an integral part of life. Both these aspects mediate life fulfilling experiences of love. As part of the creation reality sexuality effects a positive power of life. Evidence from the ancient Near East, especia...

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Published in: Verbum et ecclesia Vol. 27; no. 1; pp. 1 - 25
Main Author: Human, D.J
Format: Journal Article
Language: Afrikaans
English
Published: AOSIS 01-01-2006
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Summary: Perspectives on erotism and sexuality in the ancient Near East Sexuality and erotism form an integral part of life. Both these aspects mediate life fulfilling experiences of love. As part of the creation reality sexuality effects a positive power of life. Evidence from the ancient Near East, especially from Egypt, Canaan and Mesopotamia, confirms human's facinasion for and participation in sexual behaviour. In the sexual experience the 'I' transcends the borders of the 'self'. Whether the gods or humans are engaged in this act of heavenly ecstacy, it is evident that life's meaning is captured in this life enriching experience of power, vitality and joy.
ISSN: 1609-9982
2074-7705
DOI: 10.4102/ve.v27i1.140