The Jewish law did not forbid Sapphism as well. As to the Islamic society, which has always encouraged polygamy, Sapphic love was quite popular, and a common practice not only inside the harem, but also outside it.
There are some traditions sustaining that Mohamed had declared Sapphism an outlaw practice. However, the Arabic historian Abd-al-Latif al-Baghadi wrote in the 13th century: ‘the woman who has not tasted the delights of another woman’s body certainly is not from our part of the world’.
The obvious contradiction may be explained in term of Arabic men being afraid that the women would gain in strength. The Arabic mentality implies that the woman is a mere possession symbolizing the man’s social status, reason for which they should be kept under control rather than elevated or free through mystical sexuality.
In many of the so-called ‘heathen’ cultures across the world, the intimate sexual contact between women is considered as healthy and natural. This fact is valid mostly in the matriarchal societies. Many tribes in Africa, Asia, Pacific Islands and Southern America consider Sapphism as integrant part of their socio-religious system.
For instance, in the African tribe Paia, belonging to the Bantu culture, a woman may lose her virginity only having sexual relations with another woman. The later is carefully chosen, because they will become sisters afterwards and will spend together three days each month, during which they will practice Sapphism.
A similar habit exists in the Luduku tribe, in Congo. The young women from New Guinea tribes are accustomed to practice oral sex with their elderly friends, in the idea that thus they will absorb a part of the feminine wisdom and sensual charm of their more experienced friends.
In China and Japan, Sapphism is quite natural and common. According to the Taoist tradition, the woman has an almost inexhaustible Yin energy. Moreover, the principle according to which beautiful and sensuous women may increase reciprocally their vital fluids is a basic one.
In the West, the communities of women have often been misjudged and misunderstood. Recent research indicated that the great majority of Western women have had, along their lives, Sapphic experiences, once or several times. Nonetheless, in the West the conviction that Sapphism is a perversion continues to hold important place.
The most famous of all gay women was undoubtedly the Greek poetess Sapho. Most of her writings were destroyed in 1073, at the order of Pope Gregory the VII-th. Sapho lived on the Lesbos Island in the VI-th century before Christ.
The term ‘lesbianism’ and ‘Sapphism’ derive directly from her reputation of loving women. According to Socrates’ own words, Sapho was a woman of dazzling beauty and incredible intelligence. Plato called her ‘the tenth muse’, and the great poet Ovid used to recommend her work to all young women.
Practically, her name gained the infamous present connotation only after the affirmation of Christianity.
Nonetheless, the communities of women do not necessarily imply that they have sexual relationships. Still, if such occasions arise spontaneously, the methods through which two women may reach sexual satisfaction are varied and numerous.
The esoteric teachings underline the importance of kiss. Kiss is said to increase the element Water in a person, element associated usually with the moon, which governs the menstruation.
The Taoist teachings insist on the importance of oral stimulation of the mouth, YONI , breasts, etc., as being an excellent means for women to amplify their feminine qualities.
The Tantric and Taoist teachings share the same perspective on this aspect, and even encourage the sexual relationships with continence , between women, but indicating also that the women should also have a male lover.
However, Western women attempting to explore their own sexuality should be warned that Sapphic love is not an alternative to heterosexual love. Neither the Tantric teaching, nor the Taoist teaching encourages exclusive practice of Sapphic love. The reason is that both traditions consider that the most important aspect is the absolute unity of the two universal principles, masculine and feminine.
A Sapphic relationship, or even a community of women who practice Sapphism implies a mutual, true love, sexual continence, profound state of transfiguration and generosity.
The modern woman is determined to look upon the other women as competition, rather than friends or allies. The women of the ancient East knew the true communion and feminine solidarity based on attraction and even love.
The Tantric tradition has a lot to offer to modern women, if they tried to understand the profound significance of Sapphic love, as well as the practical methods through which women may become emancipated in the true sense of the word, gaining thus an inner, lasting freedom.