Recycled comment

I came across one of my comments on Khun Dan’s blog, namely “Absolutely Bangkok“. Since I have been somewhat lazy lately. I have decided to repost that comment on my blog. I hope Khun Dan won’t mind.  ^__^

From “Thailand’s Gay Past”:

“To be honest, I am not at all surprised to know that there are some homosexual pictures painted on various ancient temples in Thailand. In the past, people have tended to think of sex as simply an aspect of human nature. If you ask the Thai elderly, they do not even know what homosexuality means, as the word was hardly ubiquitous during their youth. I reckon little do they care about same sex interaction either; it might be just a little bit amusing to them. I don’t think many Thais will blame homosexuality on western influence; but quite the opposite, they dislike the fact that some people have categorized human sexual behaviour into groups, i.e. heterosexuality, homosexuality or bisexuality; it simply encourages sexual discrimination. Historically speaking, there was an acceptance towards same sex practice in some ancient cultures. Take the Roman and Greek eras for instance – paintings, poems, and literary comments relating to same sex attachments existed during those times. Try searching “homosexuality in ancient Rome” and “homosexuality in ancient Greece”. Same sex or both sex predilections did not seem to be much of an issue for the Romans and the Greeks. In my view, same sex practice might have become taboo in these societies when the new force, also known as religion, emerged. In the case of Siam, the old name of Thailand, like the author said, the country had to embrace western laws and attitudes, including the outlawing of sodomy, so that the state could look more civilised in western eyes during that particular period, and also because of the circumstances the country found itself in at that time.”


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