Sexual Culture and Sexual Morality in Peasant Societies Cover Image

Nemi kultúra és nemi erkölcs a paraszti társadalomban
Sexual Culture and Sexual Morality in Peasant Societies

Author(s): Lajos Balázs
Subject(s): Customs / Folklore
Published by: Erdélyi Múzeum-Egyesület
Keywords: peasant sexual culture; sexual culture; sexual morality

Summary/Abstract: In the first part of the present paper the author defines what he understands by the terms ‘sexual culture’ and ‘sexual morality’. As he concisely words it, when using these terms, he refers both to the significant, down-to-earth communal knowledge and to the particular but scarce theoretical knowledge which provide answer to almost all the questions and problems that arise around this turning point of human destiny in perpetual motion – sexuality. This culture, as we can describe it now, is the outcome of a large number of factors. Therefore, it is essential to mention the society-determined ethnographic features of this culture because it is part of the individual’s basic education, and the two kinds of knowledge – folk and specialist – have hardly any overlapping. For example, members of peasant societies are ignorant of the special vocabulary of a language’s scientific register; and similarly, sexology, sexual ethics, sexual pedagogy, theology or criminalistics do not use the allegorical, metaphorical language of peasant sexual culture.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: I
  • Page Range: 156-161
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Hungarian