Homosexual History in Africa – Zande Warriors
While searching the internet for information related to this topic, I came across articles concerning the Zande (Azande) warrior tribe in Sudan and Congo. These warriors were featured on a show on Spike-TV in 2010 “Deadliest Warrior: Aztec Jaguar vs Zande Warrior”. It showcased their ferocity, weaponry and fighting skills (clip is below). Of course what they may not have known is that in the not so distant past, these warriors not only practiced homosexuality and bi-sexuality but actually married boys or young men.
Warriors would select a boy between the ages of 12-20 years of age and go to his parents and request the boys hand in marriage. The warrior would have to pay a bride price for the boy which would be in the form of spears (which are still valuable today) and other goods. Once married the warrior referred to the boy’s parents as gbiore and negbiore…”father-in-law and mother-in-law”. He and the boy addressed one another as badiare “my love or my lover”. The boy took on house hold responsibilities that included fetching water, building a fire and holding the warrior shield when traveling. The two slept together at night and the warrior would satisfy his sexual desires between the boy’s thighs. It was the duty of the warrior husband to give his boy-wife a spear and shield when he became of age. He was then trained to become a warrior and joined the warrior company. Once a warrior, he then took on a boy-wife of his own. This was all documented and later published by English anthropologist E.E. Evans-Pritchard in early 20th century.
This practice was not limited to just the warriors of the Zande people. If a boy appealed to a Zande prince, the prince would take on the boy as a page or servant. The prince would also offer the boy’s family compensation. When or if the prince died the page/s would also be killed to join him in death because they consumed the “prince’s oil” (wow; read between the lines on that one).
There were some men who had female wives but also married boys. When war broke out, they took their boys with them where they would perform duties at base camp. If another man had relations with the boy, the husband could sue the other man for adultery.
This is just one of many examples that I have come across during my research. It is widely believed with the evidence of the current fossil record that the roots of all homosapien life began in Africa. Homosexuality and Bisexuality are apart of the over all natural dynamics of human sexuality and has existed for thousands of years…IN AFRICA!
- Homosexual History in Africa – Zande Warriors (rainbowsudan.wordpress.com)
Posted on October 28, 2013, in African LGBTI News and tagged Africa, Deadliest Warrior, Democratic Republic of the Congo, E. E. Evans-Pritchard, homosexuality, Sudan, Zande people. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.