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PREFACE
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-1.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-1.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.4
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.5
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.4
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.5
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-6
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.3
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.4
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.3
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.4
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-3.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-3.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.3
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-1
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-2
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-3
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-4
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-1.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-1.2
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-2.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-2.2
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-3-4
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-5.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-5.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

 

Not only the saint, but also the prophet and medicine-man have 

been frequently eaters of human excrement; it is only necessary 

to refer to the instance of the prophet Ezekiel, who declared 

that he was commanded to bake his bread with human dung, and to 

the practices of medicine-men at Torres Straits, in whose 

training the eating of human excrement takes a recognized part. 

(Deities, notably Baal-Phegor, were sometimes supposed to eat 

excrement, so that it was natural that their messengers and 

representatives among men should do so. As regards Baal-Phegor, 

see Dulaure, _Des Divinites Generatrices_, Chapter IV, and J.G. 

Bourke, _Scatalogic Rites of All Nations_, p. 241. See also 

Ezekiel, Chapter IV, v. 12, and _Reports Anthropological 

Expedition to Torres Straits_, vol. v, p. 321.) 

 

It must be added, however, that while the masochist is overcome 

by sexual rapture, so that he sees nothing disgusting in his act, 

the medicine-man and the ascetic are not so invariably overcome 

by religious rapture, and several ascetic writers have referred 

to the horror and disgust they experienced, at all events at 

first, in accomplishing such acts, while the medicine-men when 

novices sometimes find the ordeal too severe and have to abandon 

their career. Brenier de Montmorand, while remarking, not without 

some exaggeration, that "the Christian ascetics are almost all 

eaters of excrement" ("Ascetisme et Mysticisme," _Revue 

Philosophique_, March, 1904, p. 245), quotes the testimonies of 

Marguerite-Marie and Madame Guyon as to the extreme repugnance 

which they had to overcome. They were impelled by a merely 

intellectual symbolism of self-mortification rather than by the 

profoundly felt emotional symbolism which moves the masochist. 

 

Coprophagic acts, whether under the influences of religious 

exaltation or of sexual rapture, inevitably excite our disgust. 

We regard them as almost insane, fortified in that belief by the 

undoubted fact that coprophagia is not uncommon among the insane. 

It may, therefore, be proper to point out that it is not so very 

long since the ingestion of human excrement was carried out by 

our own forefathers in the most sane and deliberate manner. It 

was administered by medical practitioners for a great number of 

ailments, apparently with entirely satisfactory results. Less 

than two centuries ago, Schurig, who so admirably gathered 

together and arranged the medical lore of his own and the 

immediately preceding ages, wrote a very long and detailed 

chapter, "De Stercoris Humani Usu Medico" (_Chylologia_, 1725, 

cap. XIII; in the Paris _Journal de Medecine_ for February 19, 

1905, there appeared an article, which I have not seen, entitled 

"Medicaments oubliees: l'urine et la fiente humaine.") The 

classes of cases in which the drug was found beneficial would 

seem to have been extremely various. It must not be supposed that 

it was usually ingested in the crude form. A common method was to 

take the faeces of boys, dry them, mix them with the best honey, 

and administer an electuary. (At an earlier period such drugs 


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