Body worship

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Body worship is any practice of physically revering a part of another person's body, and is usually done as a submissive act in the context of BDSM.[1] Typical kinds of body worship include worship of muscles, the penis, the vagina, or the buttocks.

Usually accompanied by prostration, re-enforcing a sense of inferiority, a "sub" generally licks, kisses and sucks their dominant's body part, and is not allowed to touch it in a more conventional way. This brings aspect of erotic humiliation to submissive partner.

Worshipping a body can also be done because the worshipper is in awe of the body part and wishes to praise that beauty. Although encouragement may be provided, verbally or by spanking, body worship is typically received more or less passively, the worshipped party aloof. Facesitting and smothering are forms of body worship which differ chiefly because of their aggressive approach.

Body worship is a common theme in the work of Japanese fetish artist Namio Harukawa.


Penis worship generally describes a sexual obsession of a submissive with their dominant partner's penis; or any type of sexual game in which a submissive is motivated by a real or pretended attraction to their partner's penis.

Penis worship may also describe a BDSM practice in which a submissive kisses and licks the dominant partner's penis. Some consider such worship as a particularly degrading form of domination and will usually involve the submissive partner kneeling or in another lowly position, treating the worshipped person as the dominant. In particular, facesitting or smothering may be applied to emphasise the control of the dominant over the submissive. A queening stool may also facilitate this activity.

Similarly, vagina worship describes a sexual fascination with the female and female sex organs, along with all the practices related to the deification of the female and her respective and 'representative' sexual organ.

In BDSM, vagina worship may also describe a practice in which a submissive kisses and licks the vagina and/or anus of the dominant partner. Facesitting or smothering may be practiced, and a queening stool may be used.

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  1. ^ Paul Baker (2002). Fantabulosa: A Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang. Continuum.