What’s the social status of prostitutes or female sex workers in your country?
It varies, but I guess it’s not that good in most cases. I have an impression that in general, prostitution is considered a bad thing globally. That’s especially true in European and Western nations.
In Japan, it’s not that good, either. At the same time, people don’t look down on sexual jobs a lot.
Some historians in Japan say female sex workers originate from “miko.” It’s not easy to translate the word. It has unique nuances and cultural characteristics. Translating it into other languages itself could be a mistake.
Simply put, miko means women who help events or festivals held in Shinto, a belief system unique to Japan. They wear a costume in red and white.
The very first sexual job recorded in Japan’s history books is associated with gods. In Shinto, there are “eight million gods” in the world.
For many reasons, the greatest god who represented the sun, Amaterasuoomikami, hid into a cave whose entrance was covered by a big rock. The other gods faced a lot of troubles because the sun had disappeared. They tried to take him out of the cave, but nothing worked. Here came a miko, Amenouzumemikoto. She went almost naked and began to dance in front of the rock. The gods watching her gave a loud laugh. Amaterasu wondered what was going on outside the cave. That was why he came out.
In short, she gave something like a strip show. Experts say it implies the role of ancient miko. They argue that it’s likely that sexual action was a big part of divine festivals in ancient Japan.
There are many records that red-light districts were located near Shinto shrines. Things are different today, but some believe sex workers had a decent social status a long time ago here.
Divine presence and sexual action could be closely related to each other… What do you think?
That’s just an opinion. Nobody can be sure what was going on hundreds or thousands of years ago.