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Love and Sex: the way from sacred to profane (Portuguese)

Love and Sex: the way from sacred to profane (Portuguese)

In the history of mankind, beyond reproduction, sexuality has always been linked to the strengthening of love linkages. The Creation (Genesis), is represented in several origin myths of primitive cultures, through a sexual act, alone or not, which gives the meaning of loving propose to appearance of the world, things and people. Therefore, since the remote past, in different cultures, sex achieved status of sacred act of approach to service, communication, imitation, union or worship the Deity.

Therefore, the experience of sexuality was a sacred form of showing love and devote to the divinal element. It is noted, however, that cultural development, especially from Western people, trivialized sex, focusing on more sensual pleasure than necessarily binding in your character relational love, meaning this trivialization a “desecration” of what was sacred, that is, love. Objective: A refiexion about the binomial “love and sex” from the mythical and historical description of loving sexual behavior in occidental societies. Method: Historical and anthropological study through literature review. Results and Conclusions: From the study it can be said that throughout the history of human groups from the west there was a split of the binomial “love and sex”, configuring, culturally, the idea of love that is connected to the “divine”. So, suffers a breakdown on types or classes of love and becomes the object of study of religions and human sciences, while sex takes only reproductive status or behavioral manifestation of pleasure, becoming an object of study from medical and biological sciences.

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