LGBT history dates back to the first recorded instances of same-sex love and sexuality of ancient civilizationsinvolving the history of lesbiangaybisexual and transgender LGBT peoples and cultures around the world.
What survives after many centuries of persecution—resulting in shame, suppression, and secrecy—has only in more recent decades been pursued and interwoven into more mainstream historical narratives. This observance involves highlighting the history of the people, LGBT rights and related civil The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan movements. Among historical figures, some were recorded as having relations with others of their own sex — exclusively or together with opposite-sex relations — while others were recorded as only having relations with the opposite However, there are instances of same-sex love and sexuality within almost all ancient civilizations.
Additionally, people who are third gender or what we would now think of as intersex have been recorded in almost all cultures across human history. Anthropologists Stephen The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan and Will Roscoe reported that women in Lesotho engaged in socially sanctioned "long term, erotic The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan named motsoalle.
Evans-Pritchard also recorded that male Azande warriors in the The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan Congo routinely took on boy-wives between the ages of twelve and twenty, who helped with household tasks and participated in intercrural sex with their older husbands.
The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan died out by the early 20th century, after Europeans had gained control of African countries, but was recounted to Evans-Pritchard by the elders with whom he spoke.
Ostraca dating from the Ramesside Period have been found which depict hastily drawn
The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan of as well as heterosexual sex. King Neferkare and General Saseneta Middle Kingdom story, has an intriguing plot revolving around a king's clandestine gay affair with one of his generals.
It may reference the actual Pharaoh Pepi IIwho was likely gay. The Siwa Oasis was of special interest to anthropologists and sociologists because of its historical acceptance of male homosexuality. The practice probably arose because from ancient times unmarried men and adolescent boys were required to live and work together outside the town of Shali, secluded for several years from any access to available women.
Inthe German egyptologist George Steindorff reported that, "the feast of marrying a boy was celebrated with great pomp, and the money paid for a boy sometimes amounted to fifteen poundwhile the money paid for a woman was a little over one pound. Homosexuality was not merely rampant, it was raging Every dancer had his boyfriend Walter Cline noted that, "all normal Siwan men and boys practice The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan Prominent men lend their sons to The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan other.
All Siwans know the matings which have taken place among their sheiks and their sheiks' sons Most of the boys used in sodomy are between twelve and eighteen years of age. Never for a woman". The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan Indigenous peoples of the Americas prior to European colonization, a number of nations had respected roles for homosexual, bisexual, and gender-nonconforming individuals; in many indigenous communities, these social and spiritual roles are still observed.
The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan man has intercourse with his brother-in-arms, they shall turn him into a eunuch. Anyone could practice it freely, just as anyone could visit a prostituteprovided it was done without violence and without compulsion The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan, and preferably as far as taking the passive role was concerned, with specialists.
That there was nothing religiously amiss with homosexual love between men is by the fact that they prayed for divine blessing on it.
It seems clear that the Mesopotamians saw nothing wrong in homosexual acts between consenting adults". Homosexuality has been acknowledged in China since ancient times. Homosexuality was mentioned in many famous works of Chinese literature. The instances of same-sex affection and sexual interactions described in the classical novel Dream of the Red Chamber seem as familiar to observers in the present do equivalent stories of romances between heterosexual people during the same period.
Confucianismbeing primarily a social and political philosophy, focused little on sexuality, whether homosexual or heterosexual. There are also descriptions of lesbians in some history books. It is believed homosexuality was
The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan in the SongMing and Qing dynasties.
Throughout Hindu and Vedic texts there are many descriptions of saints, demigods, and even the Supreme Lord The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan gender norms and manifesting multiple combinations of sex and gender. There are several instances in ancient Indian epic poetry of same sex depictions and unions by gods and goddesses.
There are several stories of depicting love between same sexes especially among kings and queens. Kamasutrathe ancient Indian treatise on love talks about feelings for same sexes.
There are several depictions of same-sex sexual acts in temples like Khajuraho. Several Mughal noblemen and emperors and other Muslim rulers of South Asia are known to have had homosexual inclinations. In South Asia the Hijra are a caste of third-gender, or transgender group who live a feminine role. Hijra may be born male or intersexand some may have been born female. The ancient Law of Moses the Torah forbids men from lying with men i. In Japan, several Heian diaries which contain references to homosexual acts exist as well.
Some of these also contain references to emperors involved in homosexual relationships and to "handsome boys retained for sexual purposes" by emperors. Japanese shunga erotic pictures which include same-sex and opposite-sex love. In pre-modern Islam there was a "widespread conviction that beardless youths possessed a temptation to adult men as a whole, and not merely to a small minority of deviants.
According to Aristotlealthough most "belligerent nations" The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan strongly influenced by their women, the Celts were unusual because their men openly preferred male lovers Politics II b.
The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan in Celts and the Classical World notes that "Athenaeus echoes this comment a and so does Ammianus The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan seems to be the general opinion of antiquity.
Diodorus went further, stating that "the young men will offer themselves to strangers and are insulted if the offer is refused". Rankin argues that the ultimate source of these assertions is likely to be Poseidonius and speculates that these authors may be recording male "bonding rituals". The earliest documents concerning same-sex relationships come from ancient Greece.
Such relationships did not replace marriage between man and woman, but occurred before and beside it. A mature man would not usually have a mature male mate with exceptions such as Alexander the Great The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan the same-aged Hephaestion but the older man would usually be the erastes lover a young eromenos loved one.
Men could also seek adolescent boys as partners as shown by some of the earliest documents concerning same-sex pederastic relationships, which come from ancient Greece. Often they were favored over women.
One ancient saying claimed that "Women are for business, boys are for pleasure. Such documents depict a world in which relationships with women and relationships with youths were the essential foundation of a normal man's love life. Same-sex relationships were a social institution variously constructed over time and from one city to another. The formal practice, an erotic yet often restrained relationship between a free adult male and a free adolescent was valued for its pedagogic benefits and as a means of population control, though occasionally was blamed for causing disorder.
Plato praised its benefits in his early writings [e. In the Symposium B-DPlato equates acceptance of homosexuality with democracy and its suppression with despotismand wrote that homosexuality "is shameful to barbarians because of their despotic governments, just as philosophy and athletics are, since it is apparently not in best interests of such rulers to have great ideas engendered in their subjects, or powerful friendships or physical unions, all of which is particularly apt to produce".
The ideal held that both partners would be inspired by love symbolized by Erosthe erastes unselfishly providing education, guidance, and appropriate gifts to his eromenos, who became his devoted pupil and assistant, while the sexuality theoretically remained short of penetrative acts and supposedly would consist primarily of the act of frottage intercrural sex. Although this was the ideal, realistically speaking, it is probable that in many such relationships fellatio and penetrative anal intercourse did occur.
The hoped-for result was the mutual improvement of both erastes and eromenos, each doing his best to excel in order to be worthy of the other. If one was open about one's homosexuality then they were exiled or in some cases executed because it was regarded as a duty to one's ethnic group to reproduce.
Doverfollowed by Michel Foucault and Halperinassumed that it was considered improper for the eromenos to feel desire, as that would not be masculine. However, Dover's claim The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan been questioned in light of evidence of love poetry which suggests a more emotional connection than earlier researchers liked to acknowledge.
Some research has shown that ancient Greeks believed semenmore specifically spermto be the source of knowledge, and that these relationships served to pass wisdom on from the erastes to the eromenos within society. Sapphoborn on the island of Lesboswas included by later Greeks in the canonical list of nine lyric poets. The adjectives deriving from her name and place of birth Sapphic and Lesbian came to be applied to female homosexuality beginning in the 19th century.
The narrators of many of her poems speak of infatuations and love sometimes requited, sometimes not for various females, but descriptions of physical acts between women are few and subject to debate. In Ancient Greece and Phrygiaand later in the Roman Republicthe Goddess Cybele was worshiped by a cult of people who castrated themselves, and thereafter took female dress and referred to themselves as female.
In Ancient Rome the young male body remained a focus of The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan sexual attention, but relationships were between older free men, and slaves or freed youths who took the
The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan role in sex.
the emperors, with the exception of Claudiustook male lovers.
The Hellenophile emperor Hadrian is renowned for his relationship with Antinous. In Roman patriarchal society, it was socially acceptable for an adult male citizen to take the penetrative role in The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan relations. Freeborn male minors were strictly protected from sexual predators see Lex Scantiniaand men who willingly played the "passive" role in homosexual relations were disparaged.
No law or moral censure was directed against homosexual behaviors as such, as long as the citizen took the dominant role with a partner of lower status such as a slaveprostituteor someone considered infamisof no social standing. The Roman emperor Elagabalus is depicted as transgender by
The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan modern writers. Elagabalus was said to be "delighted to be called the mistress, the wife, the queen of Hierocles.
During the Renaissancewealthy cities in northern Italy — Florence and Venice in particular—were renowned for their widespread practice of same-sex love, engaged in by a considerable part of the male population and constructed along the classical pattern of Greece and Rome. In many societies of Melanesiaespecially in Papua New Guineasame-sex The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan were, until the middle of the last century, an integral part of the culture.
The Etoro and Marind-animfor example, viewed heterosexuality as sinful and celebrated homosexuality instead. In many traditional Melanesian cultures a pre-pubertal boy would be paired with an older adolescent who would become his mentor and who would "inseminate" him orally, anally, or topically, depending on the tribe over a number of years in order for the younger to also reach puberty.
Same-sex scholarly 'empires of the mind' [
The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan needed ] were common in medieval Middle Eastern cultures, as seen in their poetry on same-sex love. According to John Boswellauthor of Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality there were same-sex Christian monastic communities and other religious orders in which homosexuality thrived.
According to Chauncey et al. Villard, in which he argues that the adelphopoiia liturgy was evidence that attitude of the The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan church towards homosexuality has changed over time, and that early Christians did on occasion accept same-sex relationships.
Southerndispute Boswell's findings
The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan scholarly rigor. Southern points out that homosexuality had been condemned extensively by religious leaders and medieval scholars well before the 12th century; The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan also points to the penitentials which were common in early medieval society, and many of which include homosexuality as among the serious sins.
Bennett and Froide, in "Singlewomen in the European Past", note: The history of same-sex relations between women in medieval and early modern Europe is exceedingly difficult to study, but there can be no doubt of its existence.
Church leaders worried about lesbian sex; women expressed, practiced, and were sometimes imprisoned or even executed for same-sex love; and some women cross-dressed in order to live with other women as married couples.
Some legislation against lesbian relations can be adduced for the period, mainly involving the use of "instruments," in other words, dildoes. Persecutions against homosexuality rose during the High Middle Agesreaching their height during the Medieval Inquisitionswhen the sects of Cathars and Waldensians were accused of fornication and sodomy, alongside accusations of satanism.
Inaccusations of sodomy and homosexuality were major charges leveled during the Trial of the Knights Templar. Muslim—often Sufi —poets in medieval Arab lands and in
The tribe of benjamin and homosexuality in japan wrote odes to the beautiful wine boys who served them in the taverns. Homoerotic themes were present in poetry and other literature written by some Muslims from the medieval period onwards and which celebrated love between men.