1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2010
If you are looking for a scientific discussion, this is not the book for you. If, however, you are interested in the History of Homosexuality and its place in societies and civilizations throughout the world and over roughly the last 3000 years, I highly recommend this book.
Not only does Professor Naphy illustrate this work with vivid examples of what was socially acceptable and what was not, but he answers and poses many a question.
A must-read for anyone remotely interested in the study of Homosexuality, from native Americans to the Roman Empire, via early Islam.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2013
You can tell that the author has been damaged by but is still captivated by Christianity. That he has to prove that it was the Christians who invented homophobia and that every other age and culture was fine with it, that he has to find some sort of cause for homosexuality rather than just accepting it as part of diversity, that there has to be some sort of damage done by dominating mothers and absent fathers (weren't most fathers `remote' until very recently?) - though one of our members, who is a psychotherapist, said, `there's something in it.'
When the Roman Empire officially became Christian, Constantine abolished recognition of gay marriages. Now that we are no longer Christian but multi-cultural, why should Christians continue to impose their morality on everyone else?
It was still necessary, in the Fourteenth Century, for Pierre de la Palude to write a compelling justification as to why priests should STOP blessing gay relationships
Many Africans say that homosexuality is an import from Western colonialism. If that is so, why are there records of woman/woman marriages, including bride-prices in these African cultures: Sotho, Koni, Tawana, Hurutshe, Pedi, Venda, Lovedu, Phalaborwa and Nareve Zulu, Kuria, iregi, Kenye, Suba, Simbiti, Ngoreme, Gusii, Kipsigis, Nandi, Kikuyu, Luo, Nuer, Dinka, Shilluk, Dahomean, Fon, Yoruba, Ibo, Ekiti, Bunu, Akoko, Yagba, Nupe, Ijaw, Nzemaa, Ganagana/Dibo?
The book is repetitive. There are also some glaring errors, e.g. the Great Schism in Fourteenth Century? The British Raj spelling of Mahommedan.