“Necrophilia” a vicious sexual practice since the ancient Egyptian and American civilization .

Like other days at evening after taking a cup of tea I started browsing internet. In a Bangladeshi blog somewherein by name I found a nice article on a wicked topic “Necrophilia
” As I read it before in a number of books as (Stoker, B; 1897).( 2 Rob, L; 2002). As well as the famous book by Donna Haraway, “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the late 20th Century” being interested with this topic as my entire friend can know about this. Myths and Legends with necrophilic themes are common throughout history and the concept of sexual interference with the dead has been known and abhorred since the ancient Egypt. According to the free encyclopedia Wikipedia Necrophilia, also called thanatophilia, and necrolagnia, is the sexual attraction to corpses. It is classified as a paraphilia by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. The word is artificially derived from the ancient Greek words: νεκρός (nekros; “dead”) and φιλία (philia; “love”). The term appears to have originated from Krafft-Ebing’s 1886 work Psychopathia Sexualis. Rosman and Resnick (1989) reviewed information from 34 cases of necrophilia describing the individuals’ motivations for their behaviors: these individuals reported the desire to possess an unresisting and unrejecting partner (68%), reunions with a romantic partner (21%), sexual attraction to corpses (15%), comfort or overcoming feelings of isolation (15%), or seeking self-esteem by expressing power over a homicide victim (12%).
              Stephen Hucker, consulting forensic psychiatrist and a professor at the University of Toronto, said necrophilia can be best defined as sexual arousal stimulated by a dead body.In his website, forensicpsychiatry.ca, he said the stimulation can either be in the form of fantasies (which are never acted upon) or actual physical contact (kissing, fondling, or performing sexual intercourse) with the corpse.Citing studies, Hucker said the presence of other personality disorders in necrophilia can manifest in more grotesque elements such as the mutilation of the corpse, drinking the blood or urine, or homicide (called “necrophilic homicide” or necrosadism”). Although assumed rare, Hucker said many have argued that necrophilia may be more prevalent given that the act would be carried out in secret with a victim unable to complain (since he or she is already dead). Herodotus writes in The Histories that, to discourage intercourse with a corpse, ancient Egyptians left deceased beautiful women to decay for “three or four days” before giving them to the embalmers. In some societies the practice was enacted owing to a belief that the soul of an unmarried woman would not find peace; among the Kachin of Myanmar, versions of a marriage ceremony were held to lay a dead virgin to rest, which would involve intercourse with the corpse. Similar practices existed in some pre-modern Central European societies when a woman who was engaged to be married died before the wedding.
             If we try to describe in Archaeological perspectives we specially depend on the cultural material left by those ugly minded kings or related beasts by the name of human being. These fragmentary material remains left by them survive only a few that is not sufficient enough to make clear assumption on this type of silly topic. Famous forensic, gender and sexual archaeologist Rosemary A. Joyce speaks sparsely about this in her world famous book Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives – Sex, Gender and Archaeology. The necrophilia practices can be found in the artifacts of the Moche civilization of South America, where pottery depicting skeletal figures engaged in coitus with living humans are among the ruins. In one of the ancient cultures Necrophilia was practiced as a spiritual means of communicating with the dead. Some employed it as an attempt to revive the departed. The concept of necrophilia has been known since ancient Egyptian times, when a dead woman’s body was left to decay for three to four days before being given to embalmers to discourage intercourse with the corpse. It is to be noted from the website (answers.com).Why was ancient Egypt a necrophilic culture? It’s because they wore bright red ribbons on their head. It was a necrophile symbol. If the red ribbon is a symbol of necrophilia what it could be in the case of other civilization? Don’t know may be a lot of research going to be to spell out the reality. John G. Younger examines the sexual practices, expressions and attitudes of the Greeks and Romans, from Catullus and Caligula, to orgies and obscenity, and from abstinence and incest, to pederasty and prostitution. He mentioned a number of reasons regarding this topic necrophilia. He is trying here for making a discussion  with an overview of current thinking on ancient sex and sexuality, and goes on to provide an extraordinarily wide coverage of a sexual culture so very different from our own, approaching the subject from the perspectives of literature, history, archaeology and art.
          Alarming news from the centre as the website of abs-cbnnews reported with the Headline “A case of necrophilia in Zamboanga” as ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – A number of female corpses have been removed from their destroyed graves here, which authorities believe were abused by a group of necrophiliacs. About 5 dead bodies have been discovered in two cemeteries in Barangay Mercedes since October last year, when authorities found a freshly buried female corpse that was dug up and placed on top of her own grave.In February, a corpse of an old woman was also found outside her final resting place. This went on until March, when bodies of a 17-year old lady and a 13-day old baby girl were removed from their respective graves.Just recently, a corpse of a female teacher was found hanging upside down from her own stockings tied to a nearby post. Authorities said the victim’s underwear was also removed and was placed on her head. Relatives of the victims were enraged by the alleged sexual violation of the female corpses. Authorities said they are already looking at drug addicts, members of fraternities and lunatics as suspects to the so-called necrophilia case. This is really a disgusting mental disorder from the very beginning of the ancient civilization as now a day. Everyone should be aware of the wicked and cruel and inhuman activity as the human being  is all the best or may beneath the sea level with sin .

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 Md.Adnan Arif Salim Aurnab 
Archaeology grad Student,deconstructive Writer,
Blogger and Online Archaeologist.
Jahangirnagar University.

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