I'm Scott and I'm a New Yorker now living in Seattle and Bill is my oldest friend who just finished serving an almost 7 year prison sentence for selling meth.
Bill in Exile originally contained letters written between Bill and me while Bill was in prison as well as a bunch of other shit but Bill has, as of late, opted out of contributing and I've just been too lazy to change the name of the blog.
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I like how it’s not a big deal that some of the men are gay and openly have sex. Was it really accepted in those days?
My partner and I call is Spartacock, and count how many times we see a cock or if they say cock.
Thomas, by every account it was accepted. In fact, it was considered in some societies to be the height of manliness. The Greeks fielded regiments made up entirely of gay lovers under the theory that a man will fight harder if his lover is fighting next to him than he will if his lover is back in Athens or Sparta.
Also, in many Native American tribes the Shaman — a figure who actually frequently held greater power than the chief — was often gay. This followed the tribal belief that being homosexual was somehow special and elevated the person who was gay to a higher position in the tribe and worthy of great respect due to the magic he possessed.
Yes, the Christian bible really fucked things up for many segments of society, including us pervy fags. I’d really like to see some of these so-called Christians read the original Aramaic or even the Greek to determine the original context. Sometimes they have to be reminded that God – and Jesus – did not speak English as a primary language.
At any rate, it’s nice to see earlier societies portray man-on-man love in a realistic form. I also recall the Dustin Hoffman film, “Little Big Man,” where, as Scott mentions, one of the most revered members of the tribe was a “gay” member who did everything backwards. One has to wonder what it would be like for gay kids nowadays to grow up in a society that believes being gay is a natural phenomenon, rather than being condemned.
Ancient societies were always fearful that the birth rate was too low to grow armies, so any man-man love was counter-productive. Today’s primitive tribes (Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, etc) work out the “problem” by fucking a wife for duty and screwing a boyfriend for lust. What’s love got to do with it?
Scott- In most ancient indigenous cultures, including the Philippines (pre-Spanish colonial era), India, indo-Malyasian, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, even Ancient Egypt, alng with Native American society, homos and hermaphodites were the shamans, priests, counselors, doctors, and wise elders of society because of their balanced, deep understanding, and unique insight between the polarity between the male and female gender. Having a balance of both the male & female perspectives (hence the term “two-spirit”) they were considered closer to Spirit/God with direct access to such divine wisdom and the ability for spiritual journeying to the higher realms…and perhaps the Akashic records. Unfortunately, the Western influence brought in the form of religion and other male dominated mentality of thinking have brainwashed most of the world. But that’s also why those institutions like the Catholic Church and Christianity, the conservative base, etc, are on a downward spiral. One, because they refuse to advance and evolve with the rest of the world. Nor is the spiritual wisdom of feminity not even considered to have any influence on the world (unless you’re Hillary or Oprah). Like are we really still listenng to that dreaded pipe organ music at Sunday Mass? Singing the most dismal, monotonous music and lyrics thats not even pretty at all, and STILL taking a seriously outdated book that was been written over and over and over thru the centuries as THE only word of God…forever? No. Its 2012!!! Fucking write a new book for God’s sake…LITERALLY!! And bring back the Greek orgies….oh, nevermind.