The mystery, sexuality, and sensuousness of Black women have captivated the imagination of the world from time immemorial. For a certainty, long before European women donned corsets to mimic the hourglass figure of African beauties; or Elizabeth Taylor was guilty of stealing the identity of what is thought to be a Black woman in Cleopatra (1963); or Bo Derek sported African braids in “10” (1979); or White women permed their hair into afros; or the invention of artificial sunlight for White women in the form of sunlamps, sun beds, and tanning parlors so as to cheat nature in an effort to look like Black women; or the advent collagen for thick lips; or the introduction of breast and butt implants to become generously endowed or callipygous (“having shapely buttocks”). These represent only a few beauty strategies of White women to look Black. Neither the Bible nor history focuses on the sexuality of Black women. But, what is said is revealing.
Take the women of ancient Egypt for instance. Using sources like papyri, stone etchings, statues, household utensils, wall paintings, medical texts and astrological almanacs, we arrive at an accurate overview of Black African erotica.
Cheating with the Gods?: The Pharaohs wanted their firstborn son to blend with the family of the gods. “That would be accomplished,” says Egyptian Erotica-The Essence of Ancient Egyptian Erotica in Art and Literature (2004) by El-Ohamid and Joseph Toledano, “by having their wives copulate with the god in order to conceive an eldest son. Every royal woman would describe in minute detail how the god had come to her bed and had sex with her.” Furthermore, “The Egyptian pharaoh, Queen Hatshepsut, instigated this refreshing change.” This wasn’t a practice unique to some Black women. Regarding Greek women and women from other cultures it is said that they “would retire to an isolated place where the god would copulate with them.”
In certain theological circles the assumption has been that the women who married these fallen angels were single. Though this doubtlessly was the case, it is not at all a stretch to conclude that beautiful Black married women cheated on their husbands with demon spirits. After all, Scripture says demons “went taking wives for themselves, namely, all whom they chose.”-Gen 6:2; New World Translation.
Cheating with Men?: Some Egyptian wives were not among the world’s most faithful women. “We find countless references to acts of adultery,” alleges Egyptian Erotica. “The men in Deir el-Medina would go off to work in the Valley of the Kings for ten days, at the end of which they would return home for three days’ vacation. Those ten days, during which the women remained alone at home, were called ‘the merry days of harlotry’. In documents that were found at the site, including court lists, there were hundreds of cases in which women were accused of committing adultery while their husbands were away from home.” One researcher remarked: “It seems that something in the physical or mental structure of the women of Egypt prevented them from closing their legs for more than a few hours at a time…Luckily for them, their husbands had not the bright idea of inventing chastity belts.”
This certainly fits the description of the Black Egyptian woman who was Potiphar’s wife. “Joseph was a strikingly handsome man,” says the Genesis account. “As time went on, his master’s wife became infatuated with Joseph and one day said, ‘Sleep with me.’ He wouldn’t do it. He said to his master’s wife… ‘How could I violate his trust and sin against God?’ She pestered him day after day after day, but he stood his ground. He refused to go to bed with her.”-Gen 39:6-12.
Cheating with Animals?: Greek historians Herodotus, Diodorus, and others, reported that certain Black women had sex with bulls. In fact, this allegedly was prevalent in Memphis, and Cleopatra VII (the one who was famously played by the radiantly beautiful Elizabeth Taylor but who in real life was not attractive at all) is said to have engaged in this practice. When asked why she would rather copulate with bulls than with Roman men in general she replied: “The women of Rome copulate with horses. The women of Greece copulate with donkeys. I am an Egyptian [and prefer the bull].” Men, too, were guilty of committing bestiality. For good reason, then, the Children of Israel were commanded: “A man must not defile himself by having sex with an animal. And a woman must not offer herself to a male animal to have intercourse with it. This is a perverse act.”-Lev 18:23; New Living Translation.
Cheating in the Garden?: Although irresponsible Adam is rightfully charged with the spread of sin to humanity, Eve-an ultra-seductive Black woman-cheated humanity by becoming the person to sin. (Rom 5:12; 1 Tim 2:13, 14) Sin was therefore facilitated by Adam, but unmistakably initiated by Eve.
Erectile dysfunction?: Sexual dissatisfaction caused some African women to cheat on their husbands. “Medication whose aim was to cure impotence, strengthen erections [and] arouse passion…were common,” says Egyptian Erotica. “The leaves and seeds of the acacia were the most popular remedy for phallus-related problems.” Interestingly, the aim of one medication was to produce a serum that would “cause a woman not to think of another man.” On the other hand, the Milan Papyrus (third century BC) by the Greek-Macedonian poet Posidious states: “Like virile stallions the men came to the two, whores whose names were renowned all over the kingdom.” This is comparable to Oholah and Oholibah, whorish sisters who pictured unfaithful Jerusalem and Samaria in Ezekiel 23 (sixth/seventh century BC), and the text at Jeremiah 5:8 (seventh century BC) that compares African men with ‘horses seized with sexual heat and having strong testicles.’ The biblical texts were written three to four hundreds years before the Milan Papyrus.
Happily, upright women of all races preach and practice sexual morality. (Ps 68:11) What about you? Peace. Amen.
Dr. Firpo CarrÂ can be reached at 800.501.2713 or Â firstname.lastname@example.org.