The act of masturbation was viewed under so many different prospects by the
ancient cultures. It is a natural habit that has been practiced by the human
society since time immemorial.
According to some interpreters, there are even drawings of male masturbation in prehistoric rock paintings around the world. Masturbation in ancient
cultures was commonly allowed and now it is reminded in legends and tales. Some
old pictures depict men and woman masturbating, and other parts of the world
have the auto-stimulation in monuments. A Neolithic cemetery in Greece, for
example, has a figure of a man masturbating.
Some ancient cultures also used to consider masturbation as an empowering and
creative sexual activity. There's a legend which says that the Egyptian god
Osiris created the world by an act of masturbation. Other Egyptian myth says
that the sun god, Atom, created the first two human beings of earth through
a sleight of masturbation. That's why the male masturbation became important
in this ancient culture regarded as magical or creative an act. A similar Greek
myth also involves their gods. In this tale, Hermes taught Pan to masturbate.
In ancient Greece, masturbation was a natural, normal and healthy attitude
to substitute other forms of sexual activity. It was considered a safety valve
against destructive sexual frustration. For this reason, there are many Greek
art and writings of female masturbation and paintings that show male masturbation as a part of the daily life, and not a vice or a virtue. It started to be judged
when the Roman Empire took place, because the Romans used to distinguish vice
from virtue and associated masturbation to defilement and disturbance.
The ancient culture of the Sumerians, who invented the first written language,
has references to their god Enki masturbating and his ejaculation filling up
the Tigris River as fluid. With the growing influence of the Christian Church
and other religions, however, masturbation started to be condemned and judged
as a sinful practice, as a sign of weakness and decay. Religion still plays
major influence nowadays, but the practice of masturbation today was demystified
by the medicine, which proved it as healthy as harmless.