Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind
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From an essay on the possible origins of Western homophobia among the tribal peoples whose myths are recorded in the Old Testament. Probably struck me strongly because of yesterday's note about homophobic Christian Fundamentalist biblical literalism and theonomy.
Whereas the Greek term for the male genitals, medea, was an entirely neutral term having no positive or negative connotations, the Hebrew term for the male genitals, erva, means "hideous flesh." Virtually every psychologist, anthropologist, and student of comparative religion now recognizes that the Hebrew ritual ceremony of circumcision is a muted form of castration and a symbolic attempt at genital mutilation having virtually no justification in terms of hygiene. In Leviticus 15.16-18 semen is declared to be "unclean," and men are admonished to bathe after they emit semen, and any garments or the skin of other persons upon which semen has fallen are similarly considered to be "unclean."
Rictor Norton, A History of Homophobia, "1 The Ancient Hebrews" 15 April 2002
Nortonís essay is short and makes interesting reading. I donít have any guess as to the validity of his speculations.