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Sex in the Aztec Empire

Betwixt The Sheets: The History of Sex, Scandal & Society

19-04-2024 • 44 mins

The Aztec Empire might conjure up images of human sacrifice.


And whilst religious violence was part of their society, theirs was also a very egalitarian society where pleasure was valued and sexuality was an unashamed part of every day life.


How was queerness perceived and represented in this period? What sexual freedoms did they enjoy? And what part did the Goddess of Filth play in their lives?!


Joining Kate today is Caroline Pennock, author of Bonds of Blood: Gender, Lifecycle and Sacrifice in Aztec Culture. Her new book, On Savage Shores: How Indigenous Americans Discovered Europe, is out now.


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