Scientists have shown the Turin papyrus, which was hidden for 150 years because of pornographic scenes

Scientists have shown the Turin papyrus, which was hidden for 150 years because of pornographic scenes

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What archaeologists have not found during the excavations of ancient Egyptian tombs and temples. Most of the finds became the cultural and historical heritage of mankind, but something was shamefully hidden. Recently The Turin Museum for the first time demonstrated a pornographic papyrus, which was hidden from prying eyes for more than 150 years. (Careful! Next – materials for adults).

Scientists have shown the Turin papyrus, which was hidden for 150 years because of pornographic scenes

The ancient manuscript was found during excavations in Deir el-Medina back in 1820. The famous Egyptologist Jean-Francois Champollion, seeing the indecent papyrus for the first time, spoke about it like this:

Scientists have shown the Turin papyrus, which was hidden for 150 years because of pornographic scenes

Unlike most of these finds, the scroll does not belong to religious and scientific literature, but is a completely secular document. It was created around 1150 BC during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses III. The document with 27 images is divided into two parts – the right one, which was presented immediately, and the left one, which they were ashamed to show.

Scientists have shown the Turin papyrus, which was hidden for 150 years because of pornographic scenes

The right part surprisingly resembles the illustrations to the famous work of the Soviet children's poet Korney Chukovsky "Bears rode a bicycle". This part of the papyrus depicts lions, gazelles and monkeys going somewhere or engaged in ordinary human affairs. Animals eat figs, play board games, play music on flutes and harps.

But on the left, "adult" part of the papyrus from Deir el-Medina, 12 couples are depicted copulating in various poses. At the same time, immediately after the discovery of the document, Egyptologists noted that if the women in the drawings correspond to the ancient Egyptian idea of the ideal, then the men are depicted as pot-bellied, balding and with incredibly large genitals.

Scientists have shown the Turin papyrus, which was hidden for 150 years because of pornographic scenes

Nowadays, some researchers believe that the papyrus depicts in a satirical form the mores reigning in the harem of Pharaoh Ramses III. Despite the dubious content, the papyrus is of great value, because it is the only completely secular document that has survived to this day. Moreover, he is older than the "Kama Sutra" by a whole thousand years!

In general, the ancient Egyptians knew a lot about good sex and were quite extravagant addictions.

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