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For the religious rites of ancient Greece, see Orgia. For the American synth rock band, see Orgy (band).

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In modern usage, an orgy is a sex party where guests engage in promiscuous or multifarious sexual activity or group sex. An orgy differs from a swinging party by the fact that couples at the swingers party engage in twosome and otherwise conventional sexual activities, though not with their permanent sexual partner.[citation needed]

In ancient Greek religion, an orgy (όργιον) was a secret nighttime cultic congregation overseen by an orgiophant (a teacher or revealer of secret rites popularly thought to involve sex),[1] celebrated with dancing, drunkenness, singing, etc. (See Bacchanalia and Saturnalia.)

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An orgion was a secret rite of the Greek mystery religions, practiced in the worship of Demeter at Eleusis (mentioned in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter) or in worship of Dionysus (Herodotus 2.81), the Cabeiri, Demeter Achaia (Herodotus 2.51, 5.61), Orpheus, Eumolpus, or Cybele.

In film and art

The films Caligula and Perfume have a number of scenes of orgies and orgies have been depicted in numerous works of art. The movie The Ten Commandments (1956 film) has the golden calf scene in which the Israelites are shown having an orgy, but not an explicit one, showing drinking, music and adult acts.

See also

Bibliography

  • Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece by Lesley Adkins, Roy A. Adkins ISBN 019512491X (1998)
  • Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece by Nigel Guy Wilson ISBN 0415973341 (2005)
  • Early Greek Philosophy by John Burnet ISBN 402197535 (2005)
  • Girls and Women in Classical Greek Religion by Matthew Dillon ISBN 0415202728 (2002)
  • The Minoan-Mycenaean Religion and Its Survival in Greek Religion by Martin Persson ISBN 0819602736 (1970)
  • Hellenismos Today by Timothy Jay Alexander ISBN 978-1-4303-1427-1 (2007)
  • A Beginner's Guide to Hellenismos by Timothy Jay Alexander ISBN 978-1-4303-2456-0 (2007)
  • The shadow of Dionysus: a contribution to the sociology of the orgy by Michel Maffesoli ISBN 9780791412398 (1993)

References

  1. ^ Shipley, Joseph Twadell (1955). Dictionary of Early English. Philosophical Library. pp. 768. ISBN 0806529261. 

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Etymology

Originally in plural from French orgies from Latin orgia from Ancient Greek ὄργια (orgia), secret rites, mysteries).

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orgy

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orgies

orgy (plural orgies)

  1. A revel involving indiscriminate group sexual activity.
  2. Excessive indulgence in a specified activity.

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There is also the alternative metal band Orgy (band).
in the Roman city of Herculaneum, showing an orgy]]

In common use, an orgy is when more than two people have sex together, sometimes also called group sex.

Orgy could also mean any activity done without limits.

Originally, the word comes from Latin. There it referred to a feast (or a banquet) of a wealthy citizen. When the Romans ate they were almost lying down, and the food was brought to them by slaves. These slaves would also provide the entertainment which usually consited of music and dancing slaves.









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