History Weird Sex Toys People Used in Ancient China  

Lyra Radford
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Sex toys from ancient China weren’t necessarily all that different from the toys of today. The people of ancient China were very explorative with sex toys and sex in general, as can be seen in the abundance of erotic relics and paintings dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Some of the oldest known pornographic images can be traced back to the people of ancient China.

For the ancient Chinese, experimenting with homosexuality and group sex was common practice. They were also considered great innovators in female masturbation. It was very normal for men to have wives and many concubines, but women could only stray with permission. Perfecting sex toys was a way to continue exploring sexuality without a partner, ensuring a woman would remain faithful when her partner couldn’t perform. This list contains some of the sex toys ancient Chinese people used.


Torture Dildo Saddle

Torture Dildo Saddle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Weird Sex Toys People Used in Ancient China
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The dildo saddle was actually used as a punishment for unfaithful women in Ancient China. With a simple command, an emperor could have one of his women stripped, placed on a dildo saddle, and paraded around town naked. People were encouraged to throw rocks at her or whatever they had on hand... The dildo saddle is still around and used in more of a fetish capacity, no public shaming required. 


Penis Cages

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A penis cage is a chastity device meant to cover and angle the penis downwards.The use of these cages in ancient China could have been to prevent the loss of jing, or the man’s “essence.”  Taoist believed losing too much jing could be a health hazard and even kill them, so they avoided sex and/or withheld ejaculation as much as possible. Penis cages were, and still are, frequently used in BDSM play.


Hollow Dildos

Hollow Dildos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Weird Sex Toys People Used in Ancient China
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In ancient China, the wealthier a guy was, the more wives he had to keep up with, which could be exhausting. Men in ancient China became great champions of female masturbation. They believed if they could provide their women with a penis substitute, they could keep them faithful. Some dildos were cast in bronze or crafted in jade and many were hollowed out so they could release liquid. 


Demon Destoryers

Demon Destoryers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Weird Sex Toys People Used in Ancient China
Photo: Vassli/Public Domain/via Wikimedia Commons

Dating back 5,000 years ago, these dildos weren't used sexually. The holes near the testicles were there so the ancient Chinese could hang them up over doors. They believed the demons would get so embarrassed at the sight of male genitalia mounted on the wall that they’d stay away from the house.