It is hard to believe that leading a certain lifestyle is a taboo in modern India where as our ancient India was very much open towards the choice of lifestyle for individual and their sexuality.
India has always been embracing all culture due to its richness upon its culture pluralism.
Gender differentiation was never been in Indian culture. Our Goddess had taken avatar time to time in male and female version. You must know Lord Shiva – Shakti androgynous & Vishnu as Mohini.
So, when did homosexuality or cross dressing become a problem?
Homosexuality has an ancient history in India. Ancient text like Rig Veda dated back 1500BC, sculpture and vestige, and depict sexual act where sexuality is based on pleasure and fertility. Construction of Hindu temples in stone began around the sixth century of the Common Era. On the walls and gateways of these magnificent structures we find a variety of images: Gods, Goddesses, Demons, Nymphs, Sages, Warriors, Lovers, Priests, Monsters, Dragons, Plants and Animals.
Amongst scenes from epics and legends, one invariably finds erotic images including those that modern law deems unnatural and society considers obscene. Curiously enough, similar images also embellish prayer halls and cave temples of monastic orders such as Buddhism and Jainism built around the same time.
Once in a while, hidden in niches as in Khajuraho, one does find images of either women erotically embracing other women, or men displaying their genitals to each other, the former being more common.
“According to a folk narrative from Koovagam in Tamil Nadu, the Pandavas were told to sacrifice Arjuna’s son Aravan if they wished to win the war at Kurukshetra. Aravan refused to die a virgin. As no woman was willing to marry a man doomed to die in a day, Krishna’s help was sought. Krishna turned into a woman, married Aravan, spent a night with him and when he was finally beheaded, mourned for him like a widow. These stories allow women to have sex with women and men to have sex with men on heterosexual terms. One may interpret these tales as repressed homosexual fantasies of a culture.”
Every society that yields power in the hands of its citizens will eventually see its art expressing sexual themes, alongside universal spirituality. India for a larger part of its history has seen Janpadas not meddling with individual freedom, and the absence of a core religious structure asserted that the liberty remains.Indian concept of sexuality has evolved over time and has been immensely influenced by various rulers and religions, attire, behavior, recreation, literature, sculptures & scriptures. In modern era, with rapid globalization the unique Indian sexuality is getting diffused.
The time has come to rediscover ourselves in terms of sexuality to attain individual freedom and to reinvest our energy to social issues related to sexuality.
We should start talking about issues and focus light on dark areas, that create ignorance, ill-health and many social evils like failed marriages, rapes, divorces, disrespect to women, abuse of children and in general unhappy people. We should hand in hand take a step towards a happy life without these hypocritical walls.
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