Celibacy and sexual morality is believed in by pagan communities throughout the world…
Curtis had been to see the Hopi in Arizona every year since 1900. In 1912 he writes of visiting the Hopi once again, this time to participate in their sacred Snake Dance. Over the years Curtis had collected much research on this customs and rituals of the Hopi and had been initiated into the Snake Order as a priest. He believed he was one of the only white man to ever be allowed to view the rituals. Participation in the Snake Dance was a great honor. The ritual would last for sixteen days in August. Curtis participated as an Indian, all the while taking pictures and recording events.
Curtis recalls the most challenging portion of the ritual started on the eigth day. “Clad in a loincloth, I entered the kiva with the Chief Priest and followed his orders and directions in every detail.” Curtis wrote. “I slept beside him. I fasted through the nine days [remaining], also as prescribed by Hopi priests I had no contact with members of my party and followed the rules of celibacy.”
I would challenge the view that celibacy, per se, has no sign value in Africa. To the contrary in a number of tribal and community contexts, whether in ‘shaman’ type roles or in other ritual functions, celibacy has its own indigenous cultural meaning.
Any use of psychedelics among witch doctors is something I do not condone however I suspect that modern people have either fabricated or exaggerated stories of use of psychedelics among witch doctors.
The Kingdom of Dahomey in Africa had a group of chaste female wariors who acted as the Kings personal protector. These were known as the dahomean warriors.
Homosexual acts between men involve men engaging in sexual acts with other men. Specifically, one man penetrating another man’s anus with his penis and engaging in oral sex – an abhorrent practice which contradicts the very core of fundamental African beliefs in the sanctity of the perpetuation of the African family; beliefs that have been the bedrock of African culture and spirituality for thousands of years, and, which has sustained African people in spite of centuries of European and American mass murder of Africans and grand theft of Africa’s resources.
In the millennia preceding Christianity and Islam, African myths, rituals, art, language and works of wisdom celebrated the complementary relationship between the male and the female, according to the eight-volume UNESCO publication.
… one of the cardinal virtues of ancient African society that African men had to declare before making the transition to the afterlife: “I have not copulated with a man!” And, down the millennia, the Yoruba people complemented their god of thunder and lightning Sango with his favorite wife, Oya, the goddess of the wind.
…. homosexual discussion in Africa is driven by “Western interests, not African interests,” alluding to what Dr. Keto referred as a Europe-centered perspective….
According to Dr. Asante, “the overall African philosophy is that life and the reproduction of life sit at the core of human society. Men and women have children who ritualize their parents and ancestors. In the process of building community, African culture has no place, no category and no concept that can accommodate homosexuality as a way of life because it does not fit with the view that humans should reproduce in order to be remembered for eternity. Nothing is more important than the cycle of life from the unborn to the ancestors; anything that breaks that cycle, such as homosexuality as a way of life, threatens the very core of African society and philosophy.”