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Saturday, December 05, Homosexuality in Hinduism Kobo daishi homosexuality in christianity Buddhism. Modern Hindus regard all beings as manifestations of one universal Atman [Spirit]. Homosexuality has an extensive history in India. Ancient texts like Rig Veda, which dates back to around BCE, sculptures, and vestiges depict sexual acts between women as revelations of a feminine world where sexuality was based on pleasure and fertility Homosexuality is also a complex matter in Hinduism because of the many types of religious life.

On the other hand, the Kama Sutra states that homosexual sex "is to be engaged in and enjoyed for its own sake as one of the arts". In general, then, the Hindu evaluation of homosexuality depends heavily on the context.

The Laws of Manu is one of the standard books in the Hindu canon and is a basic text on which Kobo daishi homosexuality in christianity gurus base their teachings. This scripture comprises verses, divided into twelve chapters presenting the norms of domestic, social, and religious life in India [circa BCE] under the Brahmin influence.

Many people have criticized the Laws of Manu for heavily favoring members of the higher castes while discriminating against members of the lower castes. There are great differences amongst Hindus regarding whether homosexuality is acceptable behavior. In Hinduism, love is regarded as an eternal force. It is seen as devotion between two people, whether romantic or platonic.

Hindus believe love and devotion are important in attaining Moksha—liberation from the cycle of rebirths. Erotic desire or Kama in Hinduism was deemed Kobo daishi homosexuality in christianity one of the most legitimate pleasures on earth thus accounting for the vast numbers of erotic treatises, poetry, and sensuous sculptures of ancient India.

But this did not mean that lascivious behavior was promoted. Premarital sex in Hinduism is frowned upon and extramarital sex is prohibited. Sex was promoted within the context of a loving couple—usually heterosexual. But extremely ascetic schools of thought would have viewed sex as a distraction from the pursuit of Moksha.

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Marriage in Hinduism is said to fulfill three functions: Prajaa, Dharma, and Rati. These three functions are given in the Dharma Shastras, books Kobo daishi homosexuality in christianity are not considered to be religiously binding within Hinduism.

In Hinduism, many of the divinities are androgynous and some change gender to participate in homoerotic behavior. In modern India, transgendered men known as Hijras have sex with men.

They religiously identify as a separate third sex, with many undergoing ritual castration. In Hindu thought, a man who penetrates a Hijra is not defined as gay. Kama Sutra sex acts involving homosexuality are regarded in some castes as permissible while not in other castes.

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