Homosexuality not un-African – Africa’s gays argue

The Nandi and Kisii of Kenya and parts of Eastern Africa are also recorded to have practised female-to-female marriages, while among the Cape Bantus, lesbianism was ascribed to women who were in the process of becoming chief diviners, known as isanuses. Generally in Southern Africa, many female diviners were thought to have been either homosexual or asexual because the divine healer is thought to be closer to women and by extension, had spiritual proximity to nature’s fundamental source of sustenance.

Also, the rain queen of the Lobedu Kingdom in South Africa, Modjadji, is said to have taken up to 15 young wives as she saw fit. Primordial lesbianism in African history, it may seem.

Anthropologists also claim gay sex among Bantu-speaking Pouhain farmers (Bene, Bulu, Fang, Jaunde, Mokuk, Mwele, Ntum and Pangwe), in present-day Gabon and Cameroon, was seen as mystical medicine for transmitting wealth. It was known as “bian nkû”ma.” Similarly, among the Nilotico Lango of Uganda, men who assumed “alternative gender status,” known traditionally as “mukodo,” could marry other men and be treated as women. Other Ugandan tribes such as the Bahima, Banyoro and Buganda have also been documented to practise same-sex relationship. Buganda Monarch, King Mwanga II, who was known as the Kabaka, is documented by anthropologists, to have had sex with his male subjects. Mwanga apparently fought Christian missionaries who attempted getting him to stop sodomising his male subjects. He is said to have even executed Christians who dared question his sexuality. Could same-sex activities or semblances of such, have been mere channels for reaching out to the divine? Or were they really meant for pleasure for their sakes? Could they have been part of necessary spiritual rituals that may have inured to the benefit of communal dwelling at the time? Or did the warriors, priests and priestesses, merely abuse the power that came with their socio-cultural status, to pursue a deviant sexual desire, using spiritism and mysticism, as a conspirator to cover up their abnormal debauchery?

The Igbo of Nigeria, Nuer of Sudan and the Kuria of Tanzania also had homosexual practices in their cultures.

 

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