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Death and Orgasm
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2202  Tuesday, 5 November 2002

From:           John Velz <
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Date:           Sunday, 03 Nov 2002 23:25:20 -0600
Subject:        Death and Orgasm

Claude Caspar 13.2188 opines that the equation between sexual climax and
death is traceable to the state in which orgasm is accompanied by a loss
of consciousness and to the fact that some deaths are accompanied by
orgasm.  Another explanation is inherent in the folk belief that a
person is born with a certain number of orgasms in him (her too, sans
doute) and that when the last has been spent, the person dies.  This, it
says, is why <orgasm> in modern French is called <le petit mort>, a
little death in the sense that it foreshadows the approaching real death
when all the allotted orgasms will have been spent

Cheers
John V..

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