An Investigative History to Determine the Age of Prostitution as a Profession
A strong response is produced whenever prostitution or the world’s oldest profession as some may know it is mentioned. Is there truth in prostitution being the world’s oldest profession? Is prostitution the world’s oldest profession? Although it is most probably a myth, the history behind the present idea of prostitution and that of the old age is quite interesting. They only way this can be true is if we look at it with the modern day perspective and modern-day ideas of money. The answers to questions of the age of prostitution are as enticing as they are complicated. This detailed article has given information about the profession, how it came to be and how it made it to the modern generation.
The first mentioning of prostitution is in ancient Sumerian records where it is said to be a potential career for women in that age. It is worth noting that there was some religious and spiritual element to this profession in Mesopotamia. There is evidence that hints that women did it as a part of a ritual. A Greek historian named Herodotus has claimed that women would wait at the entrance of a temple and willingly have sex with any male who entered. The women would be offered some money by the men after the task which they would go ahead and donate to the temple. Some scholars have engaged in fired debated over this topic of sacred prostitution. This is because the historian is not quite a reliable source. It, however, hinges on the fact that sex and sexuality were both religious and sacred and celebrated by that age in that part. This was also linked with fertility which was highly valued. Sex was believed top release holy and fertile energy according to historians.
There are a number of valid points on both sides but prostitution is viewed negatively due to Christianity. Christianity brought with it ideas of chastity which created the taboo that the act of sex fell victim to. The profession of prostitution has become stigmatized with time as these ideologies spread. In the bible, there is a specific reference to the “Woman of Babylon who is a representation of the ungodliness and illegitimacy associated with the Roman empire. The Bible addresses sex as something for married couples only. In medieval Europe however, brothels were a common thing. Prostitution was limited to specific parts of the city and was regulated. Wives were not totally against the idea of prostitution at this time since it gave them the ability to say no to their husbands and send them elsewhere. The Catholic church maintained policies for prostitution at that period since it was the core of the government.