This culminated a family line of inbreeding that caused the family to suffer from many malformations, infections and genetic diseases.
Moreover, we must be careful when interpreting both written and artistic accounts of sex as we might cast our own assumptions and biases–such our inclination to ascribe to individuals monosexual identities–onto those who don’t fit into our mutually exclusive sexuality boxes.
In art, sex is not usually explicitly detailed, though since much artwork was either in tombs or temples it can be argued that their sexual acts were not depicted so as to avoid their desecration.
One creation myth details how the first god (Atum or Ra), who created himself, fathered the next generation of deities through masturbation.
There was supposedly an event in which the Pharaoh would ceremoniously ejaculate into the Nile to mimic Atum/Ra’s creation of Shu and Tefnut; that is, it was to encourage the fertility of the Nile.
Set and Horus adoring Ramesses (source) When Egyptologists first uncovered the tomb of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep at Saqqara, they were shocked to see that these two men not only shared a tomb, but that there was also art work depicted them in close, very intimate poses.
Rather than believing that they were in a romantic and/or sexual relationship, the theory was immediately proposed that these two were merely brothers–nothing else.That is not to say that the ancient Egyptians never drew graphic pictures; often, at least one party was drawn as an animal to censor the act as the Egyptians had a certain prudishness towards illustrations of sex between two humans.Beyond this, the Ancient Egyptians did not seem to be terribly shy about sex.Turin Erotic Papyrus (source) There was apparently no concept of virginity or any sort of expectation for it.Individuals could freely pursue sexual relationships so long as both parties were unattached.Moreover, their religion itself was stepped in sexual themes, including the ithyphallic god Min.