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Home > Books & Reviews > Pagan > Sexual Secrets Search

Book Review:
Sexual Secrets: The Alchemy of Ecstasy

Author: Nik Douglas and Penny Slinger
Trade Paperback, 380 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication date: July 1996
ISBN: 0892812664
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In the West, sex has been considered forbidden or even evil for most of recorded history. It certainly had no place in most western religions. In the East, things are much different. In places like India, Nepal, China, and Japan, sexuality has been regarded as an art form, often a sacred art form.

In Sexual Secrets, Nik Douglas and artist Penny Slinger, provide a readable and beautiful introduction to the sacred sexual tradition of the orient. This book condenses over two thousand years of Oriental sacred texts and artwork into a single book. This, of course, is the book's greatest flaw. It is a mere overview, a window into a different world.

If you are looking for details of practical rituals you can adapt for your own tradition, you will probably be disappointed. If you are looking for a clear overview of the sacred sexual traditions of oriental religions, you will find this book a wonderful purchase. The most detailed material comes from the Hindu tradition. If you are looking for more practical material and you already have a general familiarity with Eastern traditions like Tantra, you might want to try Sexual Energy Ecstasy: A Practical Guide to Lovemaking Secrets of the East and West.

This book is lavishly illustrated with over 600 of Penny Slinger's excellent drawings, most taken from oriental originals. The artwork alone is worth the price of the book.

The book's name is somewhat misleading. The material covered in this book is secret only in that it is not generally known in the West. The texts and art it is based on are commonly available in much of the East. If you pick this book up expecting to find truly secret esoteric material, you will be disappointed. It is excellent at what it does, however, providing a clear and fairly complete overview of the oriental tradition of scared sex. I've found my copy of Sexual Secrets to be an excellent book for continuing reference for over 15 years.

Reviewed by Randall

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