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Since The Turkish Bath (1863) by the French painter Ingres, the Far Eastern woman has, to many, been a symbol of out-of-reach or forbidden pleasures. Seafaring explorers, military adventurers, and simple travellers from Europe over the centuries have all been enthralled by the exotic nature of the Asian woman, her foreignness accentuated by the gentle pallor of her skin. Thus arose the myth that she, of all women, was in possession of the knowledge of certain refined pleasures. Historically, in the traditions of both China and Japan, women have been required to respond at least acquiescently to men's desires. It was part of their upbringing, quite different from the moral taboos decreed on the subject by our Western civilisation. This book – richly illustrated with colourful Chinese and Japanese prints and ivory carvings, some of considerable antiquity - thus figuratively comprises an Oriental hymn to carnal pleasures and to the Game of Love. In a lively and comprehensive text, Professor Hans-Jürgen Döpp reveals the ancient rules that govern relationships between men and women in the Far East - while not ignoring the importance of love.
Hans-Jürgen Döpp taught for a number of years at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, where he held a chair of psychoanalytical interpretation, as well as the cultural history of erotic art. For the past thirty years, he has been an avid collector of erotic art and has gained international recognition through various exhibitions and publications.
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