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Hans-Jürgen Döpp

Forbidden Asia

Since The Turkish Baths (1863) by the French painter Ingres, the Far Eastern woman has, to many, been a symbol of out of reach or forbidden pleasures. Seafaring explorers, military adventurers and simple travellers from Europe over the centuries have all been enthralled by the exotic nature of the Asian woman, her foreignness accentuated by the gentle pallor of her skin. Thus arose the myth that she, of all women, was in possession of the knowledge of certain refined pleasures.
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  • Alexandra Arakelovahas quoted4 years ago
    Taoist education, from the simplest effort right up to the most elevated spiritual heights, was founded on the control of sexual energies.
  • Alexandra Arakelovahas quoted4 years ago
    There is a link between the exterior world in which man lives and the individual interior of every human being. Sexuality is thus called upon to play a central role in everyone’s life.
    This explains why men thought of satisfying several women sexually as a duty. And the aim was to do it without exhausting all their energy.
  • Alexandra Arakelovahas quoted4 years ago
    In these texts, the sexual act is always referred to metaphorically, with terms such as ‘the war of flowers’, ‘lighting the great candle’, or ‘games of cloud and rain’.

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