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Harems & Hymens

The very word ‘harem’ conujures up fantastic visions of veiled vixens in captivity and genies at the ready to grant your every wish. Ali Baba and Sinbad saving maidens in distress, while enjoying exotic adventures searching for hidden treasure and Golden Fleeces. That is the myth, but the reality was much different. The harem was a popular fixture of potentates of the Ottoman Empire, which flourished from the 13th Century until the 20th Century. In their harems, you would find an erotic assortment of females that included the royal ruler’s wives, as well female slaves, or concubines, that were captured during raids on enemy towns. The female slaves were usually Caucasian as the Ottomans were at war with the Christian Europeans.

There was a great deal of prestige associated with owning white female slaves captured in battle. While some of the females were sold at open auction to other Arab slave traders, the prized ones were kept by the Royal Household. Some of the females were assigned duties as house servants, and those unworthy of the harem were kept in stables in barns and used as animals to pull the royal carriage. Interestingly, many young white males were also captured and sold throughout the Arab world, often to African leaders as homosexual sex slaves. The white slaves, both male and female, were in high demand and would be purchased by slave traders for sale in parts of Asia, from India to China, where the tradition of the harem was also being practiced. There was also the practice of the “purdah” in Afghanistan, but that was mainly a place to keep women who were subjugated to male authority. Women were not allowed in public unveiled, and had to wear a burqua at all times. The burqua is still with us today.

The harem was located in a secluded area of a sultans household, and were forbidden territory to any other males, except for the eunuchs that guarded the treasure trove of female property. The sultan would merely enter the harem at his leisure and have one or more of the females ‘prepared’ for him. This was usually done by the wives of the sultan, who also lived in the harem. They would be responsible for bathing the slave and in other ways making her ready for the master’s bed. While the wives held the prestigious roles in the household, many female slaves rose above them in the palace hierarchy. Some could even attain near-royal status, where even the ruler’s wives would bow to her as a servant. Not all females in a harem were prostitutes or concubines. Some were royal female relatives such as the mother, sisters and various daughters that the older women would be educated to become royal wives.

The Mother was typically the Queen Bee of the harem hive and largely responsible for the education of the young females in the ways of the court and it’s courtesy. She was the grand overseer of the female property as they were referred to. The concubines were generally treated as objects that could be given to other rulers as sex slaves. They did this to solidify the peace between two opposing kingdoms, or they married off sisters and daughters in order to effect alliances and shared wealth. Both the slave females and the royal females were useful tools in gaining prestige, property and in many instances, peace.

Unfortunately, not all keepers of harems were of sound-mind. Take for example the reign of Ibrahim the Mad. The name says it all. He ruled in the Ottoman Empire for 8 terror-filled years from 1640 to 1648. In a frenzy of dementia, he had almost 300 female concubines drowned in the Bosporus strait. One of the survivors was a young girl from Ukraine, who was captured during a slave raid by Tartars, and subsequently sold to the Ottoman ruler. She managed to escape, and she wrote an account of her ordeal in the harem and the attempt on her life.

Along with harems and sex, comes offspring. The world-champion concubine-impregnator has to be a Moulay Ismail, the sultan of Morocco who died in 1727, but not before he had fathered over 700 children with 500 female slaves. You thought the Sultan of Swat set world records? Forgettabout it. Moulay was the foremost fornicator and vaginal aficionado of all time.

Prior to the pillaging Ottomans, harems were also fornication-fixture in ancient Egypt. The pharaohs had voracious appetites for vaginas, and were constantly demanding that the lands they had conquered send all of their beautiful girls as slaves for the royal court. Sri Lanka also had one potent potentate, who kept over 500 female slaves in his harem. When the Spanish explored North America, they ran into the randy, rowdy kings of the Aztecs. They discovered in the harem of Montezuma, thousands of females already held in captivity. All Aztec men of royal blood could own as many females as desired. The Spanish were horrified, and when the Aztecs were eventually subdued, the Spanish put an end to the practice of carnal conquest and polygamy.

Harems still exist today. White slavery is still flourishing, however it is more of a brothel, then a royal household, except in some parts of Africa and the Middle East. The harems there are filled with royal concubines and again, the white female is highly prized, especially in Swaziland, where one king keeps a healthy stable of white harem honeys. Of course, it’s not called a harem, as that would not align with today’s morals and outlook. So if you have the desire to be a potent potentate with plenty of love-potion at hand, I have bad news for you. Those days for the most part are over. There are bordellos and brothels a plenty with a selection of female and male “concubines” confined to serve the pleasures of the public, but if you’re looking for the exotic, erotic tales of the Arabian nights, then you’ll have to buy the book and read about it.

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