The Babylonians have one most shameful custom. Every woman born in the country must once in her life go and sit down in the precinct of Venus, and there have sexual relations with a stranger… Here there is always a great crowd, some coming and others going; lines of cord mark out paths in all directions among the women, and the strangers pass along them to make their choice. A woman who has once taken her seat is not allowed to return home till one of the strangers throws a silver coin into her lap, and takes her with him beyond the holy ground. When he throws the coin he says these words—‘The goddess Mylitta prosper thee.’
The silver coin may be of any size; it cannot be refused, for that is forbidden by the law, since once thrown, it is sacred. The woman goes with the first man who throws her money, and rejects no one. When she has gone with him, and so satisfied the goddess, she returns home, and from that time forth no gift however great will prevail with her…A custom very much like this is found also in certain parts of the island of Cyprus.

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    Father of History

    by Herodotus


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    In ancient Babylon, no one was expected to marry a virgin.

    Every woman, before she married, was expected to prostitute herself with another man at the temple of Venus. In the land of Canaan, a woman went to the groves, where she was expected to “purify” herself by having sexual relations with a priest of Baal, but in Babylon she was open to the first man who would throw a silver coin into her lap.


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