Sex Education during Ancient Times
Was there any sex education in ancient China? Of course there was; it was just not systematic or comprehensive, and usually used visual teaching aids or methods of hinting and inducing. The "dowry paintings" and "yaxiangdi (valuables at the bottom of the chest)” were two major ones among the ancient means.
The first part of this long poem is filled with foreshadowing. But after that it moves onto the main subject of the couple’s first encounter, from removing their makeup and costume to spreading the dowry painting on the bed and imitating those acts which interest them. The happiest time of one’s life is the pleasurable time tonight, and this feeling will not be forgotten even in old age.
We can see that this long poem not only describes the dowry painting, but also describes the joyous time of making love on the wedding day.
the dowry painting
In addition to dowry paintings, yaxiangdi (valuables at the bottom of the chest) was also used in sex education in ancient China. It was made of china, as large as a human’s fist, and was often shaped like fruits in appearance. Inside the yaxiangdi was the figures of a man and a woman having sex. People placed them in the bottom of their chests as talismans. Before the wedding of their daughters, mothers opened them and showed their daughters how to have sex with their future husbands.
Yaxiangdi (valuables at the bottom of the chest) is used to teach newly-weds about sex in ancient China.
Yaxiangdi (valuables at the bottom of the chest) from Qing Dynasty(1644-1912)