Are there any examples in mythologies of gods or people boasting about their ability to engage in multiple acts of sex (multi-orgasmic) in succession? I am looking for examples in which they specify a number (as exaggerated as it may be).

EDIT: I should have specified that I am looking for examples in which the multiple acts are done with the same people, not with new partners. I am trying to exclude possible examples of the Coolidge Effect.

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Heracles is said to have had intercourse with the 50 daughters of Thespius or Thestius in one night, all of whom bore him sons (Diodorus Siculus, Library 4.29.3) In another version, one daughter refused, making the number 49 (Pausanius, Description of Greece 9.27.6).

However, in some less impressive versions, this took place over a week (Herodorus apud Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 13.4) or 50 nights (Pseudo-Apollodorus, Library 2.4.10; Tzetzes, Chiliades 2.221).

  • @b a it's a good start. But see my newly edited version of the question, which limits the question to exclude your example. Commented Jul 14, 2020 at 19:36


The story of Enkidu and Shamhat from The Epic of Gilgamesh comes to mind. Enkidu is considered a "wild man" in the sense that he lived alongside animals following his birth until the temple prostitute Shamhat was sent to "civilize" him through the act of love-making, after which Enkidu joins civilization and becomes best friends with Gilgamesh.

The part of the narrative that might interest you most is the specification of how many days in a row Enkidu and Shamhat engaged in sex.

The following is a passage from Tablet I of the Kovacs translation that describes the event.

Then Shamhat saw him--a primitive, / a savage fellow from the depths of the wilderness! / "That is he, Shamhat! Release your clenched arms, / expose your sex so he can take in your voluptuousness. / Do not be restrained--take his energy! / When he sees you he will draw near to you. / Spread out your robe so he can lie upon you, / and perform for this primitive the task of womankind! / His animals, who grew up in his wilderness, will become alien to him, / and his lust will groan over you." / Shamhat unclutched her bosom, exposed her sex, and he took in her voluptuousness. / She was not restrained, but took his energy. / She spread out her robe and he lay upon her, / she performed for the primitive the task of womankind. / His lust groaned over her; / for six days and seven nights Enkidu stayed aroused, / and had intercourse with the harlot / until he was sated with her charms.

Translated by Maureen Gallery Kovacs Electronic Edition by Wolf Carnahan, I998

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