homosexualidad y lesbianismo

Rudiger V. Busto rude at stanford.edu
Tue May 22 17:35:02 UTC 2001

Ernesto, you must be careful about your use of the terms "homosexual"
and "lesbian" -- these are modern day terms/labels that refer to
identities created under specific historical and sociological
conditions. These terms must also be distinct from same sex physical
interactions, some of which are only considered "homosexual" in the
North Atlantic world (for example, grown men holding hands in public).
Thus it is problematic to "import" modern day identities back into
history unless there is good evidence to do so. Be aware that some
of what looks like "homosexuality" in the Spanish chronicles is
filtered through the worldviews of Europeans and not necessarily
reflective of indigenous worldview. In addition, one must take care
to not assume that words like "sodomy" mean the same thing in the
16th Century as they do today.

 >Also, does anyone on the list know the Nahuatl
 >terms for homosexual and lesbian? What Nahuatl
 >terms were used by the Aztecs to denote the
 >Ernesto Cienfuegos
 >La Voz de Aztlan
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