Homosexuality is unnatural...at least if you are a Christian
This is a really interesting perspective. I am kind of curious as to what some here think about this outlook on homosexuals. I am also curious as to what you would say if our laws were based off this view so that homosexual men and women could marry.
In modern United States same sex marriage and the legal rights of homosexuals is a hot topic of debate. Yet long before Europeans set foot on Kentucky soil, Native American tribes established their own beliefs concerning homosexual behaviors. Traditional European beliefs define a person’s sexual identity male or female based on biological determination. Abrahamic religions; Islam, Christianity and Judaism; teach God made man and women. Man and woman each have their own roles to fulfill. Plato, in his Symposium, suggested the gods created three genders; male, female and half-male-half female “androgynous”. Mankind attacked the gods. As punishment, the gods split the genders in half. The androgynous halves became heterosexuals. Male and female halves became gays and lesbians. Like Platos’ explanation of differentiating romantic interests, Native Americans also believe the Creator created three different genders; males, females and two-spirits. A person of two spirits consisted of male and female genders. Gender roles and gender identity mirrored one another, each containing their own magical attributes.
Among the Shawnee, the dualism of male and female are evident. The Supreme Being, a male deity named Moneto, supervises everything in the world. His companion, a female deity, named Our Grandmother, created the world and everything in it. Below them several other spiritual beings exists comprising of male or females. Gender roles are seen in Shawnee religion. Males lift their prayers to Our Grandmother through fire and tobacco while females must use water to achieve the same effect. Certain restrictions apply to male and females. Men instruct the boys while women instruct girls, each following a different education. The man learns to honor the woman. The giver of life, women must never be near men while menstruating least she steals the man’s ability to kill. Women tended to the crops, maintained the house, nursed babies, and other domestic chores. Men hunted for food, fished, and protected the village in warfare. Men and women had equal standing in the council chambers. It was not uncommon for the Shawnee to have a war woman, war chief, principal woman and a principal chief.
While gender identity defined Native American gender roles the expectations upon a two spirits or berdache differed. Native American philosophy welcomed the third gender and openly encouraged the behavior. Virtually every tribe in the Midwest, Great Plains and Southwest found a comfortable co-existence with the two spirits. Considered holy men and women, the tribes deemed the two spirits a considerably blessed person. Female two –spirits often conducted sexual relations with other females while male two-spirits enjoyed both sexes. Tribe members encouraged unions between two-spirits and non two spirits. Thought to bring magical powers unto the non two spirit spouse, partners were not ostracized. Tribe members often blessed the union with offerings and considered highly respected.
Two-spirits were often called upon to settle disagreements between women and men. The balance between male and female magic inside them created understanding of both sides viewpoints. Often the two spirits assumed the role of healers, medicine men, counselors, surgeons, therapist and priests. As prophets, they contained universal knowledge and a special connection with the Creator. Their psychic visions aided the tribal leaders and council members. Every tribe had a different name for the two-spirits. Among the Lakota Sioux they were the “winktes”, Navaho “nadle” and the Mojave called them “shamans.” Every tribe watched their young carefully to determine if one of their children were two-spirits. If a boy leaned towards female clothes and mannerism, the tribe encouraged his explorations and vice versa for females. Today, Christianity replaced the traditional tribal beliefs. Some groups strive to revive the ancestors’ beliefs.