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List of prostitutes and courtesans

This list of prostitutes and courtesans includes famous persons who have engaged in prostitution, pimping and courtesan work.

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HistoricalEdit

 
Nell Gwyn, ca 1675
 
Madame du Barry

Ancient worldEdit

Early Modern eraEdit

19th-centuryEdit

Modern eraEdit

In literatureEdit

 
Vasantasena from the Sanskrit play Mṛcchakatika

In film, television, and musical theaterEdit

Maggie Thorpe, Dorothy Bennett and Blanche Simmons in Tenko are all to some degree prostitutes.

Symbolic or allegorical prostitutesEdit

Prostitutes in myth and legendEdit

  • Agatha - English prostitute, mother of Mother Shipton
  • Basileia (Ancient Greece) - in Pandemos, this goddess was mainly a goddess for prostitutes or courtesans[citation needed]
  • Bebhinn (Celts of the British Isles) - the goddess of pleasure
  • Belili (Sumer, Babylon, Assyria, Philistines, & Canaanites) - her worship required sacred prostitution
  • Naamah (Hebrews) - an angel of prostitution, one of the succubus mates of the demon Samael in Zoharistic Qabalah
  • Shamhat (Sumer/Babylon)[clarification needed]
  • Xochiquetzal (Aztecs) - the goddess of prostitutes, pregnant women, & dancing
  • Alexandra Dé Broussehan (Irish Celts) - a woman turned spirit of prostitution, caused a war between the Callahan and Lawlor Clans. Often associated with Korrigan whose worship involved sacred prostitution[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Filteau, Jerry "Scholars seek to correct Christian tradition on Mary Magdalene," Catholic News Service May 1, 2006. [1]
  2. ^ Welcome to the World of Scarlot Harlot, her own web site, accessed 28 August 2006; Carol Leigh, Unrepentant Whore: Collected Works Of Scarlot Harlot, Last Gasp, 2004.
  3. ^ O'Dowd, John. "Hollywood Bad Girl Barbara Payton". 
  4. ^ Suzy Favor Hamilton
  5. ^ Charles Squire Celtic Myth and Legend

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