Richie Ramos (
Fri, 11 Jun 1999 11:16:50 +0800

>>> I came across an interesting theory about why these characters
>>> are so popular in Japan the other day... I'm not exactly sure how to put
>>> this politely, lets just say that at certain times in Japanese history,
>>> samurai were not quite as, er, manly, as legend would have us believe...
>>> ^_^
>>Or, of course, the idea of male homosexual activity was not considered
>>un-manly. Many warrior cultures encourage such activity as a way of forging
>>a stronger bond between potential soldier-mates. It just wasn't weird to
>>them, is all...
> First an apology - manly was the not quite the word I was
>looking for, I just couldn't think of an alternative that meant more
>what was I trying to get at.
> Recently, I've heard some things about the ancient Greeks
>recently that raised an eyebrow, saw an Indian temple in a documentary
>that the Church of England would definitely not approve, and saw a
>programme about brothels - ancient Roman ones. They certainly didn't
>teach me any of that in history. ^_^

        As a Teacher, that comes as no surprise. What is taught in school is
actually very heavily filtered, specially in cases like homosexuality in
ancient times, due to that fact that being a homosexual is "detrimental" to
most societies.
        The greco-roman culture allowed relationships between young boys and older
men, as a form of warding and also that it would teach the boy about
sensuality...and they did allow their legions to have gay couples amongst
them, and there is a story of an all-gay-couple legion. the idea is that
as acouples they tend to work better as fighting units, also that if one
loses a lover, one goes berserk in battle...more dangerous, either way.
        As for the Indian Temple...well, considerng that their culture is so
sensual and erotic in some parts, it's no surprise, really

"Magic is the hand of faith..."

Richard Ramos
Svengali, Artificer and Spellcrafter

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