Re-Reading an Arabic Book on Erotica, The Perfumed Garden
The Perfumed garden is an Arabic treatise on love and sex, interspersed with delightful tales that engross the reader
Arabic Erotica at is Best
The Perfumed Garden is an manual cum treatise on sex in Arabic. The book coming from a background that is puritanical is a wonder in itself. It is one book that can engross any reader. Written by Sheikh Nefzawi at the behest of the Emir, it makes excellent reading on two counts. Firstly it gives good advice on the sex act and secondly, it intersperses the advice with erotic tales that are sure to warm the heart of any cockerel. In this post I shall discuss some of the erotic tales penned by the Sheikh.
The Sheikh's Imagination
The Sheikh proves himself as a man with a tremendous imagination. In addition he also displays infinite knowledge of the sex act. The best part of these tales is that they can be read by themselves and the reader will find in them a source of great pleasure.
An example of the Sheiks fertile mind is the small anecdote, related by him regarding the act of coition. The Sheikh relates that during the act of procreation the testicles are frightened beyond measure when they see their elder brother vanish inside the vulva. They cry out at the disappearance of their brother. On hearing their cries the vulva replies that it will not allow their brother to come out alive. The Sheikh continues with his wild imagination and further relates that when the member comes out of the vagina, it tells his brothers that he had suffered a curious ailment and now though he was shriveled, he was very happy as he had been cured. What an imagination the Sheikh had, to convert a simple act into an erotic dream!
The Tales in the Perfumed Garden
Among the tales in the Perfumed garden is the tale of the Jester Bauloul. The jester was a man of great humor. In addition he was also witty and intelligent. He greatly desired the princess Hamdouna.The Sheikh relates that the jester by his wit and fortitude seduced the Princess and transported her to the world of pleasure. In fact the jester could make love to the Princess three times as he delighted her by transporting her to the land of bliss by kissing her vulva and the moisture laden minaret, the clitoris. The lesson of this tale is that a lover must endeavor to satisfy the beloved, only then he will be successful.
Another tale concerns a very beautiful woman of exceptional beauty named Fadehat. There was a neighbor named Joida who stayed next to the abode of Fadehat. Seeing such a lovely woman warmed the heart of Joida and he desired to possess Fadehat by any means. The Sheikh relates that believing in being bold; he approached the lady and showed himself to her. The sight enamored the lady no end and she allowed Joida to fulfill his wish. The sheikh relates that taking advantage of the situation, Joida coupled with the lovely Fadehat as many as 27 times in one night. In the process he transported her to a world of great pleasure and bliss.
Such tales show that the writer of the Perfumed garden was a master inventor with a fertile mind and imagination. There are other tales as well like the tale of the Prophetess Shejat Temira who become a slave to sexual love.
The Sheikh all along in his book writes with great gusto. Perhaps, he as a man had experienced these moments and later put pen to them. We can only salute this man and also the translator Sir Richard Burton who has given us rare moments of pleasure as we read this book.