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Unknown Mayan Couple by Eshto Unknown Mayan Couple by Eshto

There is evidence of same-sex couples in the Americas, and several Native American cultures are known to have tolerated or even revered sexual and gender diversity. Yet there is much we do not know, and cannot know, about homosexuality in the New World. When Christian Europeans conquered the Americas they imposed their values on the indigenous peoples and destroyed records of same-sex relationships, which they identified as the “sin” of “heathens”. Knowledge of the lives and loves of many has been lost to us forever.
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hotwar696 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Actually only north american indians tolerated homosexuality.
jcmakesmusic Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
love it!
JulietteDied Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
I know that this culture is one of the most famous Native American ones, but one does get a little tired to see Mexico = All Latin America.

Anyhow, it's just me being moaning me, great pic.
Kaioh-the-PureMage Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one is so sweet, yet so sad....
SwanBurglar Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
this is fantastic
RorysCurls Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
[link] This link is about Maya's, but Native Americans and how they treated people who were gays and lesbian in their community. It's abit weird too, how they label, but at least it's not hate
arthurpprado Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
life on Earth would be so much better if the europeans didn't exploit the other continents and kill their inhabbitants, most of nowadays troubles wouldn't exist, greed is the worst of human's defects
Jarahamee Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It was actually very common to have same sex relationships among men, and sometimes between women, and was a regularly accepted practice in many tribes and groups. There are still surviving photographs of some men who took up "female" roles in their society.
ElenaTria Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
This is one of your most beautiful pieces I think. And yeah, it's INCREDIBLE what Christians have done to other cilivizations in the name of their god, and what they do to this day..
Kell0x Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Student General Artist
I have read somewhere that not only homosexuality was tolerated back in the past in Africa but that many African male young adult learned sex from their male-elder before they got married to their wives so they knew what to do at their wedding night. But in the present time toleration of samesex couples in African cultures have been destoroyed or worse in South Africa lesbians get raped and many South Africans find it normal or see it as a cure to their homosexuality
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