Not all history has been written on the battlefield--there's been plenty of world-shaping action taking place in the boudoir as well! In this sizzling survey of sexuality and sexual mythology from around the globe, you'll find out how the pursuit of carnal pleasures and sensuality has played a pivotal cultural and historic role, from explaining humankind's origins to defining group morality and achieving communion with the divine. Meticulously researched text and hundreds of color photographs and illustrations expose the full spectrum of our sacred sexuality and its impact on civilizations and cultures across the ages. Egyptian fertility rites, Tantric Buddhism and sexual imagery in the Roman Empire are all featured. The sensual legends of such cultures as the Hindus, Greeks and Celts reveal yet another extraordinary link in the chain that binds us together as sensual beings whose highest expressions of ecstasy are grounded in the ultimate questions of existence and renewal.