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History of Homosexuality

09 Jul

The history of the homosexuality could be a very interesting one. It dates back to the Ancient Greece times.

ANCIENT TIME

Same-sex relations common in Ancient Greek

To date, many know that Ancient Greece has long been portrayed as a homosexual paradise in our society. The Greek society accepted and also regularized the norm of the same-sex love among the male and female people. It is interesting to know that the homosexuals have been categorized to be in the middle and upper classes communities. During ancient Greek period, the culture privileged gay relations as a thriving empire. For example, Lambda warriors, a homosexual male soldier who had successfully conquered the neighbor lands; the Greek gods and goddesses such as Zeus with Ganymede Camilla, and Sappho.

338BCE Sacred Band of Thebes

Mosaios(Eromenos/student) and Linos(Erastes/teacher).

Plutarch is a Greek writer and biographer who records that the Sacred Band consisted of homosexual couples, which was called as pederasty. Pederasty in ancient Greece was a socially acknowledged relationship between an adult and a younger male outside of his immediate family. Plutarch records that the Sacred Band was made up of 150 male couples, the rationale being that lovers could fight more fiercely and cohesively than strangers with no ardent bonds. For the Greeks, pederasty was more than a sexual preference; instead it was a social institution.

 

 

 

Eromenos and Erastes

A same-sex relationship between an older man, probably in his 20s or 30s, known as the erastes, and a beardless boy, the eromenos or paidika, became a cultural ideal. The relationship was regarded as mutually beneficial, as the older man would educate, protect, love, and provide a role model for his lover, while the eromenos offered his partner beauty, youth, admiration, and love. The relationship began with a courtship ritual, involving gifts and other norms, and the erastes was to demonstrate that he had nobler interests in the boy rather than a purely sexual concern. The boy was not to submit too easily, and if pursued by more than one man, was to show discretion and pick the most noble one. There is evidence that penetration was often avoided by having the erastes face his beloved and place his penis between the thighs of the eromenos, which is known as intercrural sex. The relationship was to be temporary and should end upon the boy reaching adulthood.

 

   Ancient Egypt

Khnumhotep & Niankhkhnum

Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum were ancient Egyptian royal manicurists in the Palace of King Niuserre during the Fifth Dynasty of Egyptian pharaohs, circa 2400 B.C. They are believed to be the first record of same-sex couple in the history. The name of Niankhkhnum means “joined to life” and  Khnumhotep means ‘joined to the blessed state of the dead’, and together the names can be  interpreted as “joined in life and joined in death”. Besides that, the pair was portrayed in a nose-kissing position, the most intimate pose in Egyptian art, surrounded by what appeared to be their  heirs.


 
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Posted by on July 9, 2011 in History, History of Homosexuality

 

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