BDSM

From an article in the Independent, a UK publication.  

Cheese and whips

The trend for BDSM tourism has both a past and an emerging future. The term BDSM only came into use in 1969, but unsurprisingly, the practices predate the term by at least 5000 years. Some of the oldest references to this kind of sexual behaviour are found in the Sumerian cuneiform literature (c 2500 BC) describing the ritual punishment, moaning, and ecstasy in the worship of the goddess of fertility, Inanna. And, in Ancient Greece, Plutarch, Xenophon, and Plato all discussed examples of BDSM. One, in particular, was the cult of the diamastigosis where young men were flogged under the guidance of priestesses whilst trying to remove cheeses from an altar. Well, everyone needs a hobby.

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