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CONTENTS
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-4
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-5
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-6
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-7
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-8
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-9
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-10
FOOTNOTES
LOVE AND PAIN-1.1
LOVE AND PAIN-1.2
LOVE AND PAIN-1.3
LOVE AND PAIN-1.4
LOVE AND PAIN-1.5
LOVE AND PAIN-1.6
LOVE AND PAIN-2.1
LOVE AND PAIN-2.2
LOVE AND PAIN-2.3
LOVE AND PAIN-2.4
LOVE AND PAIN-3.1
LOVE AND PAIN-3.2
LOVE AND PAIN-3.3
LOVE AND PAIN-3.4
LOVE AND PAIN-4
LOVE AND PAIN-5.1
LOVE AND PAIN-5.2
LOVE AND PAIN-6.1
LOVE AND PAIN-6.2
LOVE AND PAIN-7
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.1
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.2
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.3
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.4
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.5
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.6
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.1
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.2
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.3
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-3
APPENDIX A-1
APPENDIX A-2-3
APPENDIX B HISTORY-1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3-4-5-6-7
APPENDIX B HISTORY-8-9-10
APPENDIX B HISTORY-11-12
APPENDIX B HISTORY-13
APPENDIX B HISTORY-14-15
APPENDIX B HISTORY-16
APPENDIX B HISTORY-17
APPENDIX B HISTORY-18
APPENDIX B HISTORY-19
INDEX OF AUTHORS

peoples which have been brought into close contact with Europeans. 

 

In order to understand the sexual habits of savages generally there are 

two points which always have to be borne in mind as of the first 

importance: (1) the checks restraining sexual intercourse among savages, 

especially as regards time and season, are so numerous, and the sanctions 

upholding those checks so stringent, that sexual excess cannot prevail to 

the same extent as in civilization; (2) even in the absence of such 

checks, that difficulty of obtaining sexual erethism which has been noted 

as so common among savages, when not overcome by the stimulating 

influences prevailing at special times and seasons, and which is probably 

in large measure dependent on hard condition of life as well as an 

insensitive quality of nervous texture, still remains an important factor, 

tending to produce a natural chastity. There is a third consideration 

which, though from the present point of view subsidiary, is not without 

bearing on our conception of chastity among savages: the importance, even 

sacredness, of procreation is much more generally recognized by savage 

than by civilized peoples, and also a certain symbolic significance is 

frequently attached to human procreation as related to natural 

fruitfulness generally; so that a primitive sexual orgy, instead of being 

a mere manifestation of licentiousness, may have a ritual significance, as 

a magical means of evoking the fruitfulness of fields and herds.[183] 

 

When a savage practises extraconjugal sexual intercourse, the act is 

frequently not, as it has come to be conventionally regarded in 

civilization, an immorality or at least an illegitimate indulgence; it is 

a useful and entirely justifiable act, producing definite benefits, 

conducing alike to cosmic order and social order, although these benefits 

are not always such as we in civilization believe to be caused by the act. 

Thus, speaking of the northern tribes of central Australia, Spencer and 

Gillen remark: "It is very usual amongst all of the tribes to allow 

considerable license during the performance of certain of their ceremonies 

when a large number of natives, some of them coming often from distant 

parts, are gathered together--in fact, on such occasions all of the 

ordinary marital rules seem to be more or less set aside for the time 

being. Each day, in some tribes, one or more women are told off whose duty 

it is to attend at the corrobboree grounds,--sometimes only during the 

day, sometimes at night,--and all of the men, except those who are 

fathers, elder and younger brothers, and sons, have access to them.... The 

idea is that the sexual intercourse assists in some way in the proper 

performance of the ceremony, causing everything to work smoothly and 

preventing the decorations from falling off."[184] 

 

It is largely this sacred character of sexual intercourse--the fact that 

it is among the things that are at once "divine" and "impure," these two 

conceptions not being differentiated in primitive thought--which leads to 

the frequency with which in savage life a taboo is put upon its exercise. 

Robertson Smith added an appendix to his _Religion of the Semites_ on 

"Taboo on the Intercourse of the Sexes."[185] Westermarck brought together 

evidence showing the frequency with which this and allied causes tended to 

the chastity of savages.[186] Frazer has very luminously expounded the 

whole primitive conception of sexual intercourse, and showed how it 

affected chastity.[187] Warriors must often be chaste; the men who go on 

any hunting or other expedition require to be chaste to be successful; the 

women left behind must be strictly chaste; sometimes even the whole of the 

people left behind, and for long periods, must be chaste in order to 

insure the success of the expedition. Hubert and Maus touched on the same 

point in their elaborate essay on sacrifice, pointing out how frequently 


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