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Etymology:

The English noun fellatio comes from fellātus, which in Latin is the past participle of the verb fellāre, meaning
to suck. In fellatio the -us is replaced by the -io; the declension stem ends in -ion-, which gives the suffix
the form -ion (cf. French fellation). The -io(n) ending is used in English to create nouns from Latin adjectives and
it can indicate a state or action wherein the Latin verb is being, or has been, performed.

Further English words have been created based on the same Latin root. A person who performs fellatio
upon another may be termed a fellator. Because of Latin’s gender based declension, this word may be restricted
by some English speakers to describing a male. The equivalent female term is fellatrix.

Cultural and Religious Significance:

Galienus called fellatio “lesbiari” since women of the island of Lesbos were supposed to have been the introducer
of the practice to use one’s lips to give sexual pleasure.

The Ancient Indian Kama Sutra, dating from the first century AD, describes oral sex, discussing fellatio
in great detail and only briefly mentioning cunnilingus. However, according to the Kama Sutra, fellatio is above
all a characteristic of eunuchs (or, according to other translations, of effeminate homosexuals or
transwomen similar to the modern Hijra of India), who use their mouths as a substitute for female genitalia.

Cultural attitudes towards oral sex range from disgust to reverence: in Ancient Rome, fellatio was considered
profoundly taboo, whereas in Chinese Taoism, cunnilingus is revered as a spiritually fulfilling practice
that is believed to enhance longevity. In modern Western culture, oral sex is widely practiced among adolescents
and adults. In ancient Greece and modern Japan, fellatio has been referred to as “playing the flute”; the Kama Sutra
has a chapter on auparishtaka (or oparishtaka), “mouth congress”.

Trivia:

The fruit bat, Cynopterus sphinx, has been observed to engage in fellatio during mating. Female bats perform
fellatio to increase copulation time. This species is the only non-primate known to exhibit this behavior.

Bu all we know is that it’s an integral part of Steak and BJ Day on March 14th!

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