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Posted by: Duncan | 2008/06/06

Shaka Zulu?

I heard an argument that being gay is un-African and an 'import' from Europe, but then someone said that Shaka the Zulu king was gay, has anyone else heard this? Can it be true?

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Hi Duncan, welcome to the forum and thanks for an interesting post.

Yes - there is research indicating that Shaka was, at the very least, 'gay friendly'. Two theories: one is that he knew his warriors would fight better to protect a partner they loved, and the second is that during his army's long, extensive travels male-to-male sex and emotional bonding were tolerated. There is other evidence of same-sex relations in various African groupings - including same-sex relations between women - but what is apparent is that the term "gay", and all that this implies, is deemed a Eurocentric import.

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Posted by: LONEWOLF | 2008/06/09

Very interesting indeed expert.

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Posted by: LONEWOLF | 2008/06/06

Where did you hear that?

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