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GENERAL PREFACE
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.1
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.2
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.4
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.5
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.6
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.1
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.2
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.4
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.5
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-4
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-1.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-1.2
FOOTNOTES
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.2
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.3
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.2
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.3
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.4
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.5
FOOTNOTES
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.5
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.6
FOOTNOTES
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.5
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.6
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.7
FOOTNOTES
APPENDIX A-1.1
APPENDIX A-1.2
APPENDIX B-1.1
APPENDIX B-1.2
APPENDIX C-1.1
APPENDIX C-1.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

 

 

Very instructive, from our present point of view, is the account given by 

Dalton, of the festivals of the various Bengal races. Thus the Hos (a 

Kolarian tribe), of Bengal, are a purely agricultural people, and the 

chief festival of the year with them is the _magh parah_. It is held in 

the month of January, "when the granaries are full of grain, and the 

people, to use their own expression, full of devilry." It is the festival 

of the harvest-home, the termination of the year's toil, and is always 

held at full moon. The festival is a _saturnalia_, when all rules of duty 

and decorum are forgotten, and the utmost liberty is allowed to women and 

girls, who become like bacchantes. The people believe that at this time 

both men and women become overcharged with vitality, and that a safety 

valve is absolutely necessary. The festival begins with a religious 

sacrifice made by the village priest or elders, and with prayers for the 

departed and for the vouchsafing of seasonable rain and good crops. The 

religious ceremonies over, the people give themselves up to feasting and 

to drinking the home-made beer, the preparation of which from fermented 

rice is one of a girl's chief accomplishments. "The Ho population," wrote 

Dalton, "are at other seasons quiet and reserved in manner, and in their 

demeanor toward women gentle and decorous; even in their flirtations they 

never transcend the bounds of decency. The girls, though full of spirits 

and somewhat saucy, have innate notions of propriety that make them modest 

in demeanor, though devoid of all prudery, and of the obscene abuse, so 

frequently heard from the lips of common women in Bengal, they appear to 

have no knowledge. They are delicately sensitive under harsh language of 

any kind, and never use it to others; and since their adoption of clothing 

they are careful to drape themselves decently, as well as gracefully; but 

they throw all this aside during the _magh_ feast. Their nature appears to 

undergo a temporary change. Sons and daughters revile their parents in 

gross language, and parents their children; men and women become almost 

like animals in the indulgence of their amorous propensities. They enact 

all that was ever portrayed by prurient artists in a bacchanalian festival 

or pandean orgy; and as the light of the sun they adore, and the presence 

of numerous spectators, seems to be no restraint on their indulgence, it 

cannot be expected that chastity is preserved when the shades of night 

fall on such a scene of licentiousness and debauchery." While, however, 

thus representing the festival as a mere debauch, Dalton adds that 

relationships formed at this time generally end in marriage. There is also 

a flower festival in April and May, of religious nature, but the dances 

at this festival are quieter in character.[133] 

 

In Burmah the great festival of the year is the full moon of October, 

following the Buddhist Lent season (which is also the wet season), during 

which there is no sexual intercourse. The other great festival is the New 

Year in March.[134] 

 

In classical times the great festivals were held at the same time as in 

northern and modern Europe. The _brumalia_ took place in midwinter, when 

the days were shortest, and the _rosalia_, according to early custom in 

May or June, and at a later time about Easter. After the establishment of 

Christianity the Church made constant efforts to suppress this latter 

festival, and it was referred to by an eighth century council as "a wicked 


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