13 September 2010

The first is "tiger roving"; the second is "cicada clinging" - focus on the outside; the third is "measuring worm"; the fourth is "river deer butting"; the fifth is "locust splayed" - breath on the inside; the sixth is "gibbon grabbing" - focus on the outside; the seventh is "toad"; the eighth is "rabbit bolting"; the ninth is "dragonfly" - focus on the outside; the tenth is "fish gobbling." These are the ten positions.
Positions for having sex in, from the Tianxia zhidao tan, part of the Mawangdui manuscripts, the earliest known healing texts in China (prior to 186 BCE). Footnotes indicate that scholars don't know what the positions were, nor are they clear on what "focus on the outside" means.

4 comments:

thegirlleastlikelyto said...

Poor lost information. "Measuring worm" doesn't sound particularly sexy: must be something lost in the translation.

wrenna said...

There is advice for men and emphasis that they not be domineering but not much said about how to use words for seduction.

Factory Supervisor said...

'gibbon grabbing' ?

dear lord.

wrenna said...

Also, sex was supposed to take a long time. Lots of pausing and waiting for vapors to arrive.