People have been figuring out creative ways to make the love for, well, as long as there have been people. And the so-called Hammock Sutra, which made sacred Mayan sex a reality, is no exception to the longstanding rule of creative coupling.
Mayans wove tree fibers together to make hammocks for suspended sleep, a practice that became common in the Caribbean, Central, and South America. Hammocks, which are ideal for life in the warm weather of the Yucatán peninsula, made sleep safer, holding people up out of the reach of snakes and other ground-dwelling nightmares.
Constructed by hand, Mayan hammocks were durable and comfortable, and they distributed weight evenly. Although getting it on in a Mayan hammock may seem tricky, Venezuelan author Carlos Torrealba insists there were over 60 sex positions that Mayans took part in when they were in their hammocks. As a result, he wrote what can be called a "Hammock Sutra" or a "Maya Sutra." Though there is very little evidence in the historical record to corroborate Torrealba's particular ideas about the hammock's uses; his creativity should, nevertheless, be appreciated.
Mayan sex may or may not have been like Torrealba or other modern Hammock Sutra aficionados would like us to believe, but if you're curious about how to do it like the Ancient Ones, the visuals do not disappoint.
Split the reed. Much like Road, this position involves getting close and working against the natural swing of the hammock. But Mayans built their hammocks sturdy for a reason – and it wasn't for napping.
The purring comfort of the jaguar. There was no purring done with this position, only loud crying for the god of pleasure. Oh, Quiabelagayo! Oh, Quiabelagayo!
In the jaws of an alligator: Think doggystyle, but with a bit more "swing to the zing." While this position wouldn't ultimately keep you safe from an alligator, if you did it right, it would tone your quads if you were in the background position, considering it's basically an extended squat.
Drink of the water of the valley. A textbook example of creativity wearing thin, Water and Wind look a lot alike. But you know what? As long as you were on the receiving end, you likely didn't care.