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Mythology, Spirituality, and Modern Feminism
of Rope Bondage in Japan

 

Mythology:

In Japanese there is an ancient saying that "binding the body, frees the sole."

This was taken from a publish article, and is from a Japanese point of view of BDSM in Japan. So please replace any female reference with any other appropriate sexual term….

"Unlike other cultures, Japanese women find it acceptable to be humiliated and bound for carnal pleasures. We can analyze this attitude from a mental and cultural point of view. Japanese women, just like the Nawashi, think binding a woman frees her soul. How is this possible? In Japan, it is said and believed that bondage, submission and humiliation frees a woman. To understand this contradiction, you must remember that the Japanese are a very hardworking people, life is short, and all Japanese live stressful lives. Shibari is used as a tool to break free from stress and the daily routine of a simple, normal woman. In addition to this, we can analyze the importance of Shibari in relation to the attitude of the modern woman in Japan. At present, there are no more Geishas left. Feminism and equality of the sexes in Japan is standard practice though it still lags the rest of the developed world. Many women know deep inside that it is not good to abandon traditional roles and that is why, when these women find a good Nawashi, they let themselves be punished by him. The Nawashi in Japan say that the best Dorei's or M-jo are proud women with great self-esteem, because when they are bound and humiliated, they free their egotistical selves and are left with their biological truth.

At present, Shibari and Nawakesho (ropes as a cosmetic tool) exist. I believe that Shibari is one of the best erotic tools and an endless source of sexual pleasure for both men and women. The Nawashi finds bondage and humiliation empowering. The Dorei experiences an enjoyable torture, since the Nawashi can make her writhe with pleasure, bringing her to orgasm. I personally recommend the practice of this art form when used with knowledge, wisdom and respect."

Spirituality: Shibari is and can be a very spiritual, intimate and erotic art form and can add to almost anyone's lifestyle. You can add any rituals into it, or use it in any of your rituals you already have!

 


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