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Other African leaders, plus several other people on the continent have shared in his view, and this has elicited homophobia, persecution and anti-gay laws in countries like Uganda, Tanzania, Morocco, Nigeria and Kenya. In recent years, it has been made clear that same-sex sexual relations existed in traditional African societies even before the colonisers arrived.
Openly gay Kenyan author sparks mixed feelings after wedding announcement. From the 16th century, homosexuality has been recorded in Africa by European missionaries and anthropologists.
Formed in the 19th century, the Azande people were a warrior tribe mostly found in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. These warriors were not only practising homosexuality and bi-sexuality but actually married boys or young men.
According to anthropologist E. Evans-Pritchard, there was a scarcity of women for these warriors, particularly, the poorer ones at the time due to social traditions. As such, men or warriors who were against masturbation were expected to marry boys and satisfy their sexual needs with them. He would have to pay a bride price for the boy which is usually in the form of spears and other items.
The boy would also take on household duties like a woman, including collecting firewood, fetching water and holding the warrior shield when travelling. Note that, the warriors of the Zande people were not the only ones practising this; young princes were also involved.
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Wives and daughters of a Zande prince — web. If a boy appealed to a Zande prince, the prince would take on the boy as a servant and a sexual outlet. There were men who had female wives but also married boys.
During wars, they took the boys with them to perform duties at base camp. One interesting fact is that unlike instances of homosexuality, sex between Azande men did not have much to do with love and longer unions.
Why the azande warriors of north central africa chose boys as wives in the s
They only wanted sexual gratification, companionship and service. Marriage to a woman was still what they hoped for. They just loved boys because women were scarce.
Besides, the husbands would eventually marry women, and the cycle would continue with the former boy-wife following the same direction. the conversation Share your thoughts. Subscribe to premium.
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