Richard Ammon. Enclosed here are three stories from three different perspectives about gay life in Fiji. The first is a commentary from a cheerful gay Fijian who has experienced a mostly pleasant life being 'out' in the capital city of Suva and living with a boyfriend. The second story is not cheerful: "I don't recommend anyone gay visit Fiji. Rabid homophobia drove me out.
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Cultures without Homosexuality: They Do Exist! | rethinkingtheology
Dating to 6, BCE, the Vedas constitute the oldest scripture in the world. In Hindu belief, deities can take many forms, but all combine in the universal spirit of Brahman. Unlike Judaism, Christianity and Islam, which focus on the actions of a single lifetime, Hindu belief centers on a continuous process of birth and rebirth that ultimately releases the true self from the limitations of body and the ego — a freeing of the spirit called moksha. That process includes a release from sensual experiences, including sexuality. Hindu sacred texts, however, do not distinguish between heterosexual and homosexual acts. While Hindu sacred texts do not specifically use those terms heterosexual and homosexual , they do distinguish between procreative sexual acts within marriage and non-procreative sexual acts such as oral, etc. The latter are explicitly discouraged not for the common man but for brahmanas and priests.
Stances of Faiths on LGBTQ Issues: Hinduism
Homosexuality in India has been a subject of discussion since ancient times to modern times. Hindu texts have taken positions regarding the homosexual characters and themes. Historical literary evidence indicates that homosexuality has been prevalent across the Indian subcontinent throughout history, and that homosexuals were not necessarily considered inferior in any way until about 18th century during British colonial rule. There are no official demographics for the LGBT population in India, but the government of India submitted figures to the Supreme Court in , according to which, there were about 2. These figures are only based on those individuals who have self-declared to the Ministry of Health.
India has a long tradition of tolerance for all kinds of beliefs, faiths, philosophies, orientations and ways of living. Though India is a deeply religious country but at the same time it is also a country which has accepted non- religious communities as well. In ancient India there was a place for all kinds of diverse cultures, arts and literatures; the society was very assimilative. At one place we have purely and strictly religious painting and sculptors like at Konark or at Jagganath Puri temples and at another place we have monuments like Khajuraho which is famous world over for its erotic arts and sculptors; this also includes sculptors with homosexual activities.