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Posted on Thursday 5 October 2006 at 3:49 pm

Weird History Books


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I don't know what is up with the history texts I've been reading lately.

First I discovered the Aztecs had a god of pimples and were extremely anal and organized. This latter led me to suspect that I might be a closet Aztec.

Now I am reading a book on sex in Early America. I am generally a fan of definitions in historical texts. If for example, one is reading a work on religion, it is helpful to know if the author considers occult beliefs and practices to be religion or a separate beast. I remain unconvinced that a definition of sex is required. Going back to Clinton/Lewinsky, I suppose an operative definition of sex is imperative. However, I prefer to think of that entire situation as an exception to just about everything. Wishful thinking, I know.

Oh, in case you are wondering, and I know you are, sex is "erotically charged interactions tending toward though not necessarily including genital orgasm."
curious
Feeling: curious

Comments:

What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 4:31 pm on 05 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
What does a Pimple God do? Do you pray to it for pimple relief, or did the Aztecs admire acne?

Rachael
bratty_jedi at 6:17 pm on 05 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
I wish I knew. His name just translates as The Pimple God or The Pimple Faced One. I suppose that would imply that he can't cure acne since he had it.
Jordan
kileaiya at 7:05 pm on 05 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
*snort* A pimple god? The Aztecs are interesting folk.

Ok, that definition of sex is funny, I love how they included not necessarily including genital orgasm. Teeheehee.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 3:18 am on 06 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
All people ever seem to think about the Aztecs are "Oh, didn't they do a lot of human sacrifices?" While that is certainly true, they are much more complicated than that.

not necessarily including genital orgasm
At least it is tending toward...
Reading that book, I learned more than I ever wanted to to know about the sexual practices of American colonists, especially the Puritans who do not deserve their prudish reputation.
Jordan
kileaiya at 7:01 pm on 06 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
I think that history text has the potential to scar for life.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 11:12 pm on 06 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
If I wasn't already scarred, I'm sure it would have done me.
Jordan
kileaiya at 11:17 pm on 06 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
I now have a rather morbid curiousity as to what that book says. Bad curiousity! Bad! No puritan sex history for you. =P


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