Reading an article on sacred homoeroticism/third-gender sex for one of my classes, I came across this gem:
Arboleda’s survey of Moche erotic art also included analysis of what he names “mythic-religious” figures … The series begins with a group of three male anthropomorphic figures preparing a liquid substance, which in the following scene is poured over the gintal area of two copulating figures. Arboleda speculates that the substance was a hallucinogen … To [the side of the scene] there is also a winged figure, possibly symbolizing shamanic dream flight. *
Entering a shamanic trance state with the aid of a lover and hallucinogenic lube? Sign me up!
Sadly, I cannot find a photo of the piece in question. And whether or not this is an accurate interpretation of the piece is, of course, debatable. That’s not what I’m here for. I’m just here to say that it sounds like a damn good idea.
* Horswell, Michael J. “An Andean Theory of Same-Sex Sexuality and Third-Gender Subjectivity” in Infamous Desire: Male Homosexuality in Colonial Latin America. Ed. Pete Sigal. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. pp.25-69