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Sucking the King’s Nipple

About ten years ago several ancient, mummified bodies were found in an Irish peat bog. An unusual detail of the bodies was that their nipples had been pinched and cut off. This led the archaeologist Eamonn Kelly to speculate that the bodies were those of failed kings. He explains:

I believe these men were failed kings or failed candidates for kingship who were killed and placed in bogs that formed important tribal boundaries.. Sucking a king’s nipples was a gesture of submission in ancient Ireland. Cutting them would have made him incapable of kingship.


According to the Celt Eros blog, homosocial nipple sucking was widely practiced in ancient Pagan Ireland. It was called "sughaim sine."

This typically male act stood for many things in the pagan culture of the times. In one aspect, it was used as a way to pledge loyalty, devotion and submission for a king. Among common men, it was an expression of friendship, greeting, reconciliation, affection, fealty, protection and not surprisingly, as some sources suggest, sexual stimulation and pleasure.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Nov 07, 2012 | Number of Comments: 5
Category: Customs, Rituals and Superstitions, Breasts
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Great post Alex, Made me think of THIS! cool smile
So, Would these Celtic monarchs have on staff a wrangler of the Royal Nipple hair? LOL
Posted by Tyrusguy on 11/07/12 at 10:03 AM
And all this time they've been trying to make us believe that it is "the drink" that's been holding them back.

I just thought to poitín my 2cents.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/07/12 at 10:54 AM
I'm glad the Pope doesn't indulge in that sort of submission ritual. big surprise
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 11/07/12 at 03:06 PM
This isn't as strange as to how men in Bible times made oaths to each other. The man making the oath would place his hand around the scrotum of the other man. No wonder they're called "testicles"! And it was all perfectly Kosher!

This is often translated as "putting a hand underneath his thigh" (see Genesis 24:2).
Posted by Josh Levin in Marlton, NJ on 11/07/12 at 05:55 PM
The reference to "putting a hand underneath his thigh" that I found describes the one taking the oath as placing his hand on "the part that bears the mark of the covenant" (as in circumcision).
Posted by Miles on 11/08/12 at 09:00 AM
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