source materials 400 to 1400 CEThese source materials are thought to have appeared between 400 and 1400 CE.

Shiva Samhita (~14th Century)

Hindu god Shiva addresses his consort Parvati.

The Mirror of Simple Souls by Marguerite Porete (~1300)

Did a Beguine hint at transcendental union between partners dependent upon self-control?

Zohar (~1280)

Did the earthly use of sex split the androgynous divine couple?

De Amore (The Art of Courtly Love) by Andreas Capellanus (12th Century)

Did the courtly love tradition allude to non-ejaculatory intercourse?

Mishneh Torah by Maimonides (~1180)

Sephardic Jewish philosopher, doctor and influential Torah scholar offers sex advice.

Cathars (12th Century)

A rather chaste medieval sect retained some of the so-called Gnostic ideas of primitive (pre-papal) Christianity.

Emerald Tablet (Tabula Smaragdina) (~7th Century)

The secret of transmutation preserved in an ancient Arabic text.

Talmud (~500)

Was the legendary Ark of the Covenant housed amid cherubs depicting sacred sex?

Hua Hu Ching by Lao Tzu (~5th Century)

Collection of Taoist wisdom supposedly preserved via oral tradition.