Glory Holes in Asia
Intriguingly, archaeologists believe the glory hole developed in Asia independently, suggesting a deep rooted need for clandestine, non-committal hole sex within the human psyche.
Below is a contemporaneous image of Wakisaka Yasumoto, son of Wakisaka Yasuharu (1554–1626), feudal lord of Awaji Island. Yasumoto’s leopard skin crack-flap (a type of loincloth) hangs unfurled between his legs, exposing his behind to a typical Japanese glory hole to his rear. In his right hand, he holds a decorative cock-swatter. The cock-swatter was used to swat away any cocks that were deemed substandard or overly large.
Below is an upper-class Japanese bathhouse for women. Here we can see a variation of the glory hole: the glory hatch. Japanese walls are built from bamboo, a material with a high splinter-rate. Hastily carved circular glory holes were notorious for causing severe injuries to male members, making a smooth-framed hatch more appropriate. In this instance, the plebeian servant in the room to the rear acts as both cook and cock for the bathing women (food goes through the food hatch and cock goes through the glory hatch).
In the image below, you can see a uniquely Japanese combination of sport and functional sex. Sumo wrestling events often lasted for days without pause, making the glory hole a practical addition to the arena environment. Ticket holders in the expensive seats were entitled to stick their schlongs into holes surrounding the Glory Chamber, a room housing the most talented male and female service-providers in the region. Two walls contained female-operated holes; one wall was for male operators; and one smaller wall was typically a lucky dip. Notice how the holes are located at different heights for ease of use. Gentlemen in the cheap seats, meanwhile, could get their thrills in the less glamorous Glory Galleries.