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Ancient Greek sodomizing a goat, plate XVII from 'De Figuris Veneris' by F.K. Forberg', illustrated by Édouard-Henri Avril.

Human-goat sexual intercourse is one of the more common types of bestiality. Of male zoophiles, 28% admitted sexual attraction to goats, ranking fourth. In female zoophiles sexual attraction to goats is very rare or non-existent. Actual levels of sexual use of goats were lower than this however.[1] The act is usually performed by a male human upon a goat of either sex. Male goats do not commonly take the initiative to copulate with a human female although some cases have been reported.[2]



In Ancient Egypt, at the temple in Mendes, the goat was viewed as the incarnation of the god of procreation. As a ritual of worship, the male priests would use female goats for sex, and the female priests would do likewise with male goats.[1] Similar activity was also witnessed in Ancient Greece.[2] In the Middle Ages, the goat was associated with the Devil as one of his preferred forms, often in connection with sexual deviance. Women under trial as witches were forced to confess that they had sexual contact with the Devil in the form of an animal. In this regard however the goat was of the minority of forms the devil was cited to have taken.[2]

The Himba are an ethnic group of about 20,000 to 50,000 people[3] living in northern Namibia, in the Kunene region (formerly Kaokoland).[4] According to the ancient Bantu cultural norms, sex between humans is both a biological need and a socio-religious practice that ensures the health and prosperity to the entire clan.[4] The Himba treat sex as a natural act. In the Himba game Ouruwo, children are exposed to sex education through games where they imitate the sexual acts of goats and cattle with their playmates.[4]

There is a famous statue of the mythological satyr Pan using a goat for sex, which was found in Pompeii. As with the rest of the erotic art in Pompeii, it shocked the Victorian sensibilities of the time.[5]

In 1188, Gerald of Wales published Topographia Hibernica, an illustrated manuscript.[6] In addition to depicting a king mating with a mare then drinking its blood, the manuscript depicts a woman using a goat for sex.[6] The manuscript is one of history's earliest propaganda tracts.[6]

In 2006 a Sudanese man was caught using his neighbor's goat for sex. As punishment the village elders forced the man to marry 'Rose the goat' because "he used it as his wife".[7]

Dutch film director Theo van Gogh who was murdered in 2004, had been quoted once referring to Muslims as a 'fifth column of people who preferred sexual intercourse with goats'.[8]

Popular culture

In Woody Allen's 1972 comedy Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), the Dr. Doug Ross examines the Shepard's lamb and falls madly in love. An affair ensues between him and the sheep and leaves his wife over it. Only to be reminded of the cruel justice that you don't steal another man's goat and get away with it. He loses the sheep and falls into a depression and kills himself through auto-erotic asphyxiation. [9]

In the 2002 play The Goat: or, Who Is Sylvia? written by American playwright Edward Albee, the character Martin, a famous architect, falls in love with a goat named Sylvia.[10] Martin's use of the goat becomes known to his best friend.[10] The best friend tells Martin's suburban wife, Stevie, and their 17-year-old son, who become devastated.[10][11]

In the 2004 comedy/horror film Club Dread, the Juan character admits to using a goat for sex.[9]

In 2007, American artist Paul McCarthy displayed Cultural Gothic, a technologically complex installation of wigged, mannequin-like figures.[12] Cultural Gothic shows a father helping his son use a goat for sex, with a strangely distanced and robotic look.[12] The work is "a deliberately ugly reflection of the base, dehumanizing and machismo instincts in popular culture." Cultural Gothic served to indict of those instincts.[12]

See also

During the Achaemenid Persian Empire (550–330 BC)it was a common ritual for males to practice sex using a goat or a ram during puberty. The story of Isan Toka is a famous one of a man raising a specific breed of goat for sexual practice.


  1. ^ a b Andrea M. Beetz. "Human sexual contact with animals".
  2. ^ a b c Havelock Ellis (2004). "Studies in the Psychology of Sex, volume 5". ISBN 1554458315. Page 33. (Google book)
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  4. ^ a b c (October 24, 2005) Himba in Age of Aids.
  5. ^ Atiyah, Jeremy. (July 2, 2000) The Independent Where love and anchovies are in the air. For an image, see not child safe image.
  6. ^ a b c Irish Times (March 15, 2003) This land is our land. Section: Weekend. Page 55.
  7. ^ Sudan man forced to 'marry' goat
  8. ^ Hylarides, Peter C. (February 1, 2005) Contemporary Review. Multiculturalism in the Netherlands and the murder of Theo van Gogh. Volume 286; Issue 1669; Page 73.
  9. ^ a b Waltz. Amanda. (May 21, 1972) IMDB "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask" Gene Wilder loves sex with woolen animals.
  10. ^ a b c Brown, Tony. (March 31, 2002) The Plain Dealer Broadway blasts off. Fresh faces and old hands propel sales to a record. Section: Sunday Arts; Page J1.
  11. ^ North Shore Times (April 14, 2006) Glib play with few straight laugh lines. Section: 1; Page 37.
  12. ^ a b c Turner, Elisa. (April 1, 2007) The Miami Herald L.A. Art Exposed. Rubell exhibit explores West Coast scene. Section: M; page M3.

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