Homosexuality in Chinese culture
I remember that in one class, teacher gave us a presentation of Hanshi festival. The allusion of this ancient festival came from the story of JieZitui and ChongEr. It was totally a tragedy which has been caused by the two persons’ different notions of life——of course, that’s what
textbook tells us. Different person read the same story may has different understand. I always wonder that for what reason a person is willing to cut his own flesh to feed another? And for what reason a person so desperately wants to see another even at the expense of set fire to the mountain to make him come out. Frankly speaking, this story do reminded me a special group of people——homosexualities.
Unlike the western culture——specially Civilized Christian, in which
homosexuality has always been evil since the Bible records that God claimed he hates homosexuality and the city of Sodom and Gomorrah had been destroyed owing to the evil of homosexuality, in Chinese culture, we hold a much more lenient attitude to those certain people and the whole social phenomenon. I think that’s why we have idioms like
“longyangzhihao(龙阳之好)” and “duanxiuzhipi(断袖之癖)”, which
were specically made to describe homosexuality. Obviously, these words were not derogatory at the first time.
In the history of China, there once had been an eventuality of a male Queen——HanZigao, who lived in Southern and Northern Dynasties. He was a general of Chen, and also the lover of the emperor——ChenQian,
who had once promised that he would made HanZigao his queen. Though this promise finally didn’t come true, these two people never left each
other until the emperor died. HanZigao ranks NO.1 of the most handsome men in the history of Ancient China. But he had never been a vase. It was him who suppressed several upheavals and made a great contribution to ChenQian’s seizure of throne. After ChenQian died, HanZigao wasn’t
willing to serve the next emperor, and that soon led him to his death. For his loyalty and ability, when posterity mentions this “male queen”, we
prefer to use the words of glorification instead insulting ones though he was homosexual.
HanZigao represented the positive image of Chinese homosexualities. But that doesn’t mean all this kind of people are praiseworthy. Another
famous gay named DongXian was not that lucky. He was Emperor Ai of Han’s minions. The emperor was fascinated by him so much that once
even wanted to give the throne to DongXian. Though DongXian was not a bad person, but for such great authority he held, inability is a kind of
fault, because that made the whole country weak. So when people talk about DongXian, they always show disdain.
The two instances above show the attitude of our country to the homosexuality. The Ancient Chinese society accepted this kind of behavior itself. That’s a lot of difference comparing to the western
country, and I think this is good for liberation of humanity. But for homosexual individual, whether go down in history or leave a name that will stink to eternity is a personal career which needs them to battle themselves.