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Anthropologica is this wiki's term for either serious works of sexual anthropology or works that are used as a pretext to explore prurient interests, or vice versa (prurient interests disguised as works of anthropology).


18th century: precursors

Sir William Hamilton, Charles Townley, Richard Payne Knight, Vivant Denon, Baron d'Hancarville were the first to show an interest in the phallic worship of ancient erotica. In print, this resulted in the fanciful Veneres et Priapi, uti observantur in gemmis antiquis (1771, d'Hancarville), L'Oeuvre priapique (1793, Vivant Denon) and The Worship of Priapus (1786, Knight).

There are also strands of anthropology in the oeuvre of Marquis de Sade.

19th century


Richard Francis Burton's "Terminal Essay", Friedrich Karl Forberg, glossaries of eroticism

20th century

Anthropophyteia (1904-13), Kryptádia (1883-1911) and Maledicta (1977-2005)

In early filmmaking

Its analogy in early filmmaking are travelogues that showed primitive cultures, noble savages in various states of nudity: at the time, nudity was forbidden, except under the this pretense of showing 'primitive' cultures. See also human zoos.

Falstaff Press

Falstaff Press was an American publisher of anthropologica. Their books blurred where the scholarly ended and the prurient began. Similar publishers included Panurge Press.

Burton, Malinowski and Mead

The Terminal Essay (1885) by Richard Francis Burton (1821 – 1890), The Sexual Life of Savages in North-Western Melanesia (1929) by Bronisław Malinowski (1884 – 1942) and Coming of Age in Samoa (1928) by Margaret Mead (1901 – 1978) also deserve mention here.

Mondo films

See also

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