Homosexuality in the Mystic East

Old Indian print depicting homosexual kamasutra-style sexThe sacred sex rituals performed in places like India, Tibet, Thailand and Japan were as likely to be homosexual as heterosexual. In the enlightened, non-materialistic culture of these countries the issue of sexual orientation was seen as irrelevant when it came to the mystical applications of sex. Francis Xavier, a Christian missionary who visited Japan in the 16th century, was shocked to find Buddhist monks openly indulging in gay sex: “We frequently tell the monks that they should not commit such shameful sins, and everything that we tell them amuses them since they laugh about it and have no shame when they are reproached about so vile a sin. These monks have many young men in their monasteries, sons of nobility whom they teach how to read and write, and they commit their corruptions with them; and this sin is so common that they are not upset by it.”

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