When ancient open-air worships where replaced by temples, the womanish milieu of the God moved in-door to be hidden by the sacred walls. Behind the wall during the ceremonies ritual copulations took place that were the first manifestations of the phenomenon named sacred escorting.
In the second half of the 17th century Volter attracted the attention of the society to the question of the sacred escorting after the translation of Herodotus’ “History”, accomplished by Lyarshe. Camels’ merchants were mentioned in the book that were lying in front of the sanctuary with the best ladies of the Babylon.
Herodotus writes: “There was a temple of Militta in Babylon. Every lady of Babylon had to have an intercourse with a foreigner in this temple for at least once in her life”.
Only foreign males (mainly merchants and traveler) had the right to resort to the service of the sacred escorting rendered by Babylon’s women for at least once in their lifetime.
Herodotus also mentioned well-off ladies that arrived to the walls of the temple in closed type chariots escorted by multiple mental. While poorer ladies would cross the temple’s wall with their heads covered by ribbons.
The territory behind the fence was separated with the help of ropes into several alleys. The ladies would be on the one side of the rope while males would be on the other going back and forth in search for an escort he likes. Women were most likely sitting squat down and men would be throwing coins on the knees of the ladies they liked. The man who was throwing a coin was saying: “I call upon the goddess Molitta”. The escort he had chosen was supposed to follow the man who had thrown money to her. The woman was not supposed to refuse no matter how small the money could be. The debt having been paid to the goddess the escort could go home.
Herodotus point out that some unsightly women would be visiting the temple for years before someone has chosen them.
In Babylon marriage took place based on the results of an auction. Pretty women would find rich husbands fast enough who paid more. The auction income would be distributed among the men who agreed to go for unsightly women few had taken interest in.
Similar fairs would take place in every city twice a year managed by the 3 most honest citizens.