Victorian Sex Explorer – Captain Sir Richard Burton
Victorian Sex Explorer
Actor and writer Rupert Everett takes a revealing and witty journey retracing the steps of one of his great heroes — the infamous Victorian explorer and sexual whirlwind, Sir Richard Burton.
Labelled ‘Dirty Dick’, in part for his translations of the Kama Sutra and The Arabian Nights, to others Burton was a pioneer, bringing new cultural ideas of sex and religion from the East to the West.
Everett’s latter-day journey takes him from Bombay’s brothels to the dancing girls of Egypt, along the way taking in Turkish baths and nunneries, meeting Eunuchs and Sufis. Through these exotic social and sexual worlds Everett discovers some common ground with Burton, both as a writer and explorer of sexual and personal identity. In addition to that Everett is a brilliant guide: scholarly without being boring, witty, bitchy, enthusiastic, very handsome and funny!
Female Brothels in Bombay’s Bhendi Bazar
TV-Documentary from Channel 4, June 2008
Male Brothels of Karachi
And Hijras (Eunuchs)
Sufi Ceremonies and Self Inflicted Pain
Going on the Haj pilgrimage as a Muslim – Cutting off Foreskin to “fit in”.
Sex Massage – Offered in private
Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS (19 March 1821 – 20 October 1890) was an English explorer, geographer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer, and diplomat. He was famed for his travels and explorations in Asia, Africa and the Americas, as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian and African languages.
Burton’s best-known achievements include a well-documented journey to Mecca, in disguise at a time when Europeans were forbidden access on pain of death; an unexpurgated translation of One Thousand and One Nights (commonly called The Arabian Nights in English after early translations of Antoine Galland‘s French version); the publication of the Kama Sutra in English; and a journey with John Hanning Speke as the first Europeans to visit the Great Lakes of Africa in search of the source of theNile.
Burton defied many aspects of the pervasive British ethnocentrism of his day, relishing personal contact with exotic human cultures in all their variety. His works and letters extensively criticized colonial policies of the British Empire, even to the detriment of his career. Although his university education aborted, he became a prolific and erudite author and wrote numerous books and scholarly articles about subjects includinghuman behaviour, travel, falconry, fencing,sexual practices and ethnography. A characteristic feature of his books is the copious footnotes and appendices containing remarkable observations and information.
Burton was a captain in the army of the East India Company, serving in India (and later, briefly, in the Crimean War). Following this, he was engaged by the Royal Geographical Society to explore the east coast of Africa and led an expedition guided by the locals and was the first European to see Lake Tanganyika. In later life, he served as British consul in Fernando Pó, Santos, Damascus and, finally,Trieste. He was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was awarded a knighthood(KCMG) in 1886.