Was homosexuality brought by Europeans or is it African?
There is a huge myth or misconception that homosexuality was introduced to Africans by Europeans. Most people would assume homosexuality wouldn’t derive from Africa with its brutal hateful policies and laws towards same-sex partners.
In Uganda, located in Eastern Africa, there are anti-gay laws enforced, known to locals. There is the “Kill the Gays Bill” in Uganda. Just west of Uganda, in one of Africa’s smallest countries Gambia, former ruler Jammeh who ruled the country since 1994, said he would slit gay throats in public and no one could do anything about it.
Gay African men and women are killed, raped, and savagely beaten due to their sexual orientation every day. They are not being punished for causing someone harm or death but instead are being penalized for being involved with the same-sex. Africans and gay people all over the world are prosecuted and it’s justified by the laws of man for just simply sharing their lives with another person of the same gender. Africans or Black people often say being gay is a “European” thing brought by them during colonization. However, if Africa is the motherland and black people were the first people on earth, wouldn’t everything in nature come from the African black seed whether good, bad or neutral?
An article found on the Guardian.com published on 09/15 by Bisi Alimi, a member of the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria and Gay rights activist, Bisi Alimi was asked to teach pre and post-colonial sexual orientation and sexual identity in Africa at the Berlins Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. He goes in-depth into his research on homosexuality in Africa. He writes: “As I dug deep, I realized that African culture is no stranger to homosexual behaviors and acts”. He stated “I knew I had a huge task before me. I had to teach students about a history that are mostly unwritten”. He found there were old words for anal sex for men and old Nigerian words for feminine men. He also discovered that Christianity was brought to Africans and black people alike. They were introduced to the Bible and many converted to following Christian teachings, including taking on the belief that homosexuality was un-nature, therefore, was a sin in the eyes of the church and God. Christianity was the colonizer’s religion, not indigenous African tribes or any indigenous tribe.
Due to the negative perception of being gay, there have been African leaders who have passed suppressive laws against the African LGBT community but prior to colonization, Africans had many different practices, rituals, and religions. There was no blunt hate aiming directly at gay people in pre-colonial Africa. Being gay was not exploited as it is today. Media; the news, movies, records, rap songs, magazines, and newspapers have all and continue to exploit gay men and women. The Bible, nonetheless, may have very well made the biggest and most influential impact on how society views those who identify as lesbian or gay.
The Bible and Abominations
The Bible or Christianity is the main component as to why being homosexual is an abomination and the reason behind negative responses towards gays. Leviticus 18:22 states a man lying with another man is an abomination, but Leviticus also has a long list of other abominations that people still do to this very day, without being prosecuted for it. For example, eating shellfish, fat or blood, letting hair become messy, tearing your clothes, going to church after 33 days of giving birth to a boy, going to church after 66 days of giving birth to a boy, getting a tattoo, trimming a beard, and working on Sabbath; are just a few things Leviticus states is wrong but people don’t have such hate for these actions as they have the hatred toward same-sex relationships.
Small minded people say “We are not animals”. Are you sure about that statement, I ask? Animals were here prior to Humans existence. Everything that exists in nature exists in human nature rather you deem it bad or good, and personally, if you ask me humans are the most sadistic animal in nature. We rape our earth, enslave the animals and take them from their habitat, we rape and suppress the child bearers of the earth, humans molest, abuse and rape kids, humans enslave each other, judge each other, murder, kill, and abuse one another. Humans are the most violent in nature! But somehow loving someone of the same gender is the worst thing on earth.
In the Congos in Africa, you have the Bonobos chimpanzees who are well known to be a very happy sexual group of apes. They are known as bi-sexual apes because gender is not seen when it comes to sex. The bonobos have sex with each other rather it’s a young, female or male ape. Furthermore, the female Bonobos even form female groups to form power in their tribes. Also, the Bonobos chimpanzees are closely related to humans in many forms. Beyond the Bonobos apes in the Congos, you have several hundreds of animals that have same-gender relationships or sex.
In conclusion, there simply has not been enough research on sexual orientation and sexual identity to have any form of hatred toward same gender loving people. You have Ancient African tribes, Indigenous Papua New Guinean’s tribes who have practiced homosexuality for thousands of years rather it’s in a relationship or used in ancient tribal rituals. In Ancient Kemet rather people like it or not also did ritual homosexuality. Human Nature is not just this way or that way. It’s every way and comes in all shapes, forms, genders, sizes, etc.. Human Nature is just that NATURE and nothing can and will ever change that. Existence is existence and homosexuality is a part of that existence of all things nature.
Fact: There are hundreds of different tribes all over that globe that practice different religions, rituals, cultures, and lifestyles. The Sudanese Zande Warriors, not only performed gay ceremonies but also would marry a younger male who would then take on the role as a wife. The Bushmen, one of the oldest known indigenous tribes in Africa, have ancient artwork, including cave paintings, of homosexuality between men. Furthermore, in ancient Kemet homosexuality was practiced and accepted.
The Etoro or Edolo people, from Papua New Guinea, are well known among anthropologists because of ritual homosexual acts practiced between the young boys and men of the tribe. The Etoro believe that young boys must ingest the semen of their elders daily from the age of 12 until they turn 17 to achieve adult male status and to properly mature and grow strong.
The Etoro believe that they each contain a certain amount of life force, the highest concentrations of which are contained in semen. This life force passes to others through sexual relations. Women are seen to waste the life force if they do not get pregnant after sexual intercourse. As people get older, and their bodies weaken, this is attributed to a depletion of their life force.Follow The LGBT World On Social Media
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