19 thoughts on “How were gays regarded in ancient Egypt and other civilizations of the distant past?

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    answer: Egyptian, Roman, Greek, Spartan accepted homosexuality, even encouraging it among soldiers at times. Viking/Northern cultures accepted it as long as the family line continued through what we would term traditional marriage. Being the receptive partner in male homosexuality was frowned on as being unmanly at times but it wasn’t condemned.

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    as homos

    be it extremely poor treatment or just semi-poor treatment they were definitely looked at as different and probably not liked

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    In ancient Greece it was totally accepted and common in society.
    The Romans accepted it also.

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    In general? poorly. thought they where exceptions.

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    I read that in Red Indian culture effeminate boys were regarded as potential shamans with special powers and they didn’t go hunting with other braves but helped the women with their work yet even in such a male dominated society they suffered no social stigma. The ancient Greeks, especially the Spartans encouraged males to have younger male partners until they were in their thirties but that had more to do with encouraging male bonding within their military society. Men were also however expected to procreate with women in order to maintain the population. The Romans didn’t encourage it but it was widely accepted and the Emperor Hadrian deified his male lover.

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    Ancient Egypt mated with relatives as close as siblings, so I think they would probably have no problem with gays.

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    They were considered people and treated as equals to everyone else. I guess the Ancient Egyptians were more loving and peaceful than some of the religions who say they are today.

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    I’ll confirm the Amercian Indians accepted them..although they did not become warriors..

    as I understand it, they were given the role of women in the villages.

    let us not label anyone posters, please?

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    In Greece, the love between two men was considered the highest form of love, and men only married women for procreation. In Sparta, especially, men were encouraged to form homosexual attachments with other men, because they believed that lovers fought well for each other in battle. In Rome and China, many writings suggest that homosexual relationships were a normal and accepted part of life, and they got no special reprobation.

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    Well the Greeks and Romans had marriages for gays and gay leaders – even those thought divine so I’m guessing it wasn’t exactly the worst thing you could be to them.

    I know very little of Egyptology specifically, sorry. I would be interested in that answer as well.

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    Many accepted it. But none allowed actual marriage. They allowed some sort of civil union or put limits on the actual relationship.

    In Rome men were allowed to have a civil union with other men and with boys. But they weren’t allowed the rights of married couples.
    In Japan the Samurai, as conservative as they were, were allowed to have a relationship with a boy. It would be a lifetime civil union that sometimes turned sexual and would be for life. However it was still seperate from marriage. The men’s wives would be recognized as a spouse, not the boy.
    In China women were allowed to have a younger girl in union. While it was meant for helping the child grow up and learn the ways of the world, it was also allowed to become romantic. Once again, it wasn’t a marriage, just a union of the two for life. The woman was still expected to marry a man at some point in life.
    Egypt was probably the one nation that actually honored and revered multi-gendered people at one time. Homosexual marriage was never allowed. But homosexual relations were permitted, but were more like a "extracurricular".

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    In ancient Egypt it was fine. They even castrated men to become eunuch prostitutes.

    The ancient Greeks believed their own gods had homosexual relations, which gave it wide sanction.

    In Rome it was generally frowned upon, but famous Romans like Julius Caesar took male lovers without consequence.

    Perhaps the Jews took such exception to it because of the treatment of their young men during the long years of slavery in Babylon. Babylon was famous for its male and female slave-prostitutes.

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    Yes lets look towards Ancient Egypt for moral guidance.
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    Both the Romans and Greeks accepted homosexuality. As a matter of fact, the Greeks actually favored it as a society (hence the term greek-style) The ancient Greeks believed that the first humans were 2parts, some were male/male, female/female and male/female and that when humans because too arrogant, god split them and that is why we now spend our lives looking for our soul mate – other half.
    Therefore in ancient Greek culture a true complete man/woman was homosexual. The army encouraged relationships between it’s men to create stronger bonds between them. Plato and Socrates were both gay.
    There were African Tribes who also believed that homosexuality is superior to heterosexuality.

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    The Arab Semitic White Ancient Egyptians seemed to take a "Don’t ask, don’t tell" attitude towards homosexuality and had a few rules governing it since it did occur as in all other cultures.Modern Arab Semitic White Egyptians frown upon it and the persons face severe penalties up to, and, including death.Greek, Roman-both Indo European Aryan Whites, African, and Asian cultures approved certain forms. Other Indo European Aryan Whies disapprove of it, even outlawing it.

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    Genesis 19:1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;

    Genesis 19:2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.

    Genesis 19:3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

    Genesis 19:4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:

    Genesis 19:5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

    Genesis 19:6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,

    Genesis 19:7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.

    Genesis 19:8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.

    Genesis 19:9 And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.

    Genesis 19:10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.

    Genesis 19:11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

    Genesis 19:12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:

    Genesis 19:13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.

    Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

    Leviticus 18:29 For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.

    Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

    Romans 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

    Romans 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

    1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

    1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

    1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

    1 Timothy 1:8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

    1 Timothy 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

    1 Timothy 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

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