Monday, August 1, 2016

How would porn be interpreted by future archaeologists?

Imagine that a thousand years from now an archaeological expedition
recovers an intact 1TB solid state hard disk drive. They manage to
figure out how to read and decode the binary information encoded in
it. To their surprise, they find about 100 GBs of porn on it.

Imagine what conclusions the archaeologists might draw, declare
officially, and put into the history books (or equivalent in their
cultur) to describe today's life and times:

"This ancient civilization was highly sexually liberated.."

"Sex was not a taboo topic in day-to-day conversations back then.."

"Sex wasn't confined to monogamy relationships; in fact, it appears
that a lot of it happened between complete strangers even if they had
other official partners. The females were highly promiscuous, and
would get sexually aroused merely on receiving a look or tone of voice
from the males..."

"Women were highly respected and revered as goddesses. Entire folders
were dedicated to multimedia documentations of sex rituals performed
by them with chosen male disciples. The disciples themselves seemed
generic and interchangeable.. the documentation doesn't seem to have
recorded their names or anything unique, while that was
enthusiastically done for the godesses, even the way they spoke or
moved was given high importance. This shows that women must have
enjoyed a very high social status in this ancient culture."

"We have also recovered ancient scrolls called 'saved web pages'
revealing an ancient form of virtual gathering called a 'forum' where
followers were enthusiastically discussing these rituals down to very
minute details, and bringing together more and more of them. Frequent
documenters would rise up a social ladder on the basis of
contributions they made to the discussions, and could gain priest-like
status in the eyes of other followers..."

"Our ancestors seem to have accorded their body's genitals with a very
high status. They were very prominently shown and a variety of rituals
were performed using them.."

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.. you get the drift, right?

So let's apply this scenario retrospectively.

Imagine that a thousand years ago in what is now central India, there
were a bunch of rulers or elite classes who wanted to make a lucrative
business out of people's innate sexual curiosities.

They owned a large area of land that was kept fenced off and common
persons were barred entry (much like today's swathes of private lands
owned by our elites). Away from prying eyes they commissioned several
stone exhibits and had many of their favourite porno scenes set into
stone.

The resources and funding raised for this project was similar to the
enormous amounts raised by the porn industry of our times. And it
wasn't wasted : Once the project was constructed, wealthy people from
far and wide flocked to the site and readily paid any price for
getting to tour the place.

Of course, information about this place was mostly shared
word-of-mouth among closed circles and was strictly kept off of
official records. Dignitaries going there would be officially visiting
nearby areas for other official reasons. It became a secret Disneyland
for the well-heeled sexually curious that reaped rich returns for the
local rulers and owners who commissioned the project.

If one would wonder "no way, how can the elites among the population
behave like that?"
.. Well, why don't you take a look at what the elites of our times are up to?


Related links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khajuraho_Group_of_Monuments
Khajuraho Group of Monuments

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turin_Erotic_Papyrus
Turin Erotic Papyrus

Note: This article is an exercise in re-imagination, not any
assertion. But hey.. what if... !!

On another note, I would personally prefer it if the archeologists would find this, and not 100 GB of maintream TV news channel broadcasts or soap operas.

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