Educate yourselves! Translation: There are also third-sex citizens gay, lesbian, bi and trans folkssometimes greatly attached to each other and with complete faith in one another, who get married parigraha together. Jump to.
Same-sex marriagethe practice of marriage between two men or between two women. Although same-sex marriage has been regulated through law, religion, and custom in most countries of the world, the legal and social responses have ranged from celebration on the one hand to criminalization on the other. Some scholars, most notably the Yale professor and historian John Boswell —94have argued that same-sex unions were recognized by the Roman Catholic Church in medieval Europe, although others have disputed this claim.
Dating to 6, BCE, the Vedas constitute the oldest scripture in the world. In Hindu belief, deities can take many forms, but all combine in the universal spirit of Brahman. Unlike Judaism, Christianity and Islam, which focus on the actions of a single lifetime, Hindu belief centers on a continuous process of birth and rebirth that ultimately releases the true self from the limitations of body and the ego — a freeing of the spirit called moksha.
Last Diwali season, Rohan Sheth traded in a candlelit house and rangolia traditional Hindu decoration, for eating Indian food at Manhattan's Copper Chimney with his sister. Sheth, 23, and other members of the South Asian gay and lesbian community, are finding that despite the prominence of Hindu organizations in New York City, their options for celebrating religious and cultural holidays seem limited. And Diwali, one of the most important and widely celebrated Hindu holidays, is no exception.
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Society Guyana's Hindus Face Gay Quandry When a constitutional amendment proposed to end discrimination against homosexuals, Guyanese Hindus asked themselves, "Where do we stand? If modern science is right--and sometimes it is--there are more than 50 million homosexual and bisexual people in India, 15 million in the US and 30, in Guyana. The role, aspirations and rights of this large segment of society and, in the minds of some, their wrongs is a hot topic throughout this tropical nation.
Their request to be married according to Hindu rites was perfectly legitimate and should have received due consideration. There are no fewer than eight types of Hindu marriage ceremonies described in the scripture and the only reason gay marriages did not receive consideration was because the issue did not arise when they were first formulated. The Hindu Rishis who formulated most ceremonies were unaware of the factor of homosexuality and therefore made no provision for it.
For centuries, Hindu literature, mythology, and religious texts have featured deities that defied the gender binary. The notion of gender as a spectrum may feel to some a modern revelation, but Hindu literature and mythology for centuries has taught of the figures who defied the binary. And while the reproductive connection between man and woman has always been revered in the faith, Hinduism, unlike most Western faiths, historically treats homosexuality as a natural behavior, one documented in folk tale and religious text alike. Behold, this incomplete list of Hindu deities and divine descendants who defied gender and sexual norms back in the day.
Aside from the humanitarian imperative to offer equal treatment to all, the Hindu American Foundation HAF believes that this and other fundamental and ancient Hindu teachings may allow Hindus to more openly embrace LGBT rights and marriage equality. In this paper, we seek to elucidate these aspects and, at the same time, elaborate on the legislative history of LGBT rights in India. While the equal religio-spiritual potential of all individuals is key to understanding a Hindu basis for dignity for LGBT persons, so too is the way in which Hindu religious texts and teachings are approached.
Currently, the issue of homosexuality in Hinduism is controversial, especially amongst Hindus in countries where homosexuality is generally accepted. Hindu views of homosexuality are varying and diverse, in part because the accepted Hindu religious texts do not explicitly mention homosexuality. Homosexuality is also a complex matter in Hinduism because of the many types of religious life. In general, "twice-born" Hindus are prohibited from homosexual acts maithunam pumsisuch as in Manusmrtiwhich mentions both men and women.