An Investigative History Into the Age of Prostitution as a Profession
Any topic related to prostitution or the world’s oldest profession as it may be known to some people produces a strong response. Is it true that prostitution is indeed the world’s oldest profession? Although this may be a myth, there is an exciting history behind the modern understanding of prostitution and what it was once meant to be. For this to be true, we have to look at it with a modern day perspective and modern-day ideas of money. The answers to questions of the age of prostitution are as enticing as they are complicated. You can learn about this profession, how it came to be and how it made it to the modern age, by reading this detailed article.
The first mentioning of prostitution is in ancient Sumerian records where it is said to be a potential career for women in that age. It is worth noting that there was some religious and spiritual element to this profession in Mesopotamia. Some evidence has been found to suggest that women did it as a part of a ritual. According to Herodotus, a Greek historian, women would wait at the entrance of a temple and engage in sexual activities with any male who agreed to enter. The women would be offered some money by the men after the task which they would go ahead and donate to the temple. Some scholars have however debated about this topic of sacred prostitution. This is because the historian is not quite a reliable source. This, however, has its backbone in the idea that sex and sexuality were sacred and celebrated at that time and place. Fertility, which was highly valued, was also connected with these. Some historians have gone ahead to suggest that sex released divine and fertile energy.
There are a number of valid points on both sides but prostitution is viewed negatively due to Christianity. Christianity brought with it ideas of chastity which created the taboo that the act of sex fell victim to. The profession of prostitution has become stigmatized with time as these ideologies spread. In the Bible, the illegitimacy and ungodliness associated with the Roman empire has been referred to as the “Woman of Babylon”. in the bible, sex and sexual activities are only limited to married couples. Brothels were however a common thing in medieval Europe. Prostitution was only regulated and restricted to specific parts of the city. At this time, wives were not totally against the idea of prostitution as it gave them the ability to say no to their husbands and send them somewhere else. It was the core of the government at that time hence the Catholic church maintained policies for prostitution back the.