The entire movie, subtitles and all, is also available at. In discussing homosexuality in the Foreign Legion parallels are often drawn to prison sexuality which of course is for the most part accurate. The brutal punishments which were in use occasionally at this time served more to preserve appearances, but changed little about the reality of soldiers' daily life. . Philip Rosenthal, who served in the Foreign Legion during the Second World War, wrote about the prevalence of homosexuality quite frankly. It is generally assumed that in these brotherhoods of warriors the young novices - the beardless - had to take the passive role until they became full-fledged warriors themselves, by killing dangerous animals or proving themselves in battle.
But the more outspoken reports of the 20th Century in particular reveal some of the latent homosexuality present in this climate of extreme masculinity. Furthermore in Nordic sagas this insult is so common that a modern historian pointed out with good reason that the affront only made sense if everybody knew what was going on. There were even officers who had their batmen sleeping in their tent with them. Germany has been churning out gay hits for nearly a century. Since the administration wouldn't forego a single legionnaire, there was not only no punishment, but homosexuals from other units were often put into the Foreign Legion as a kind of disciplinary action. Nowhere was this forced deprivation of female companionship more strongly felt than at sea, and it is not surprising therefore that most of the information is to be found in naval accounts.
And what about the Germanic tribes? Although from the 16th Century on there are more reports that mercenaries were burned for sodomy, there are also accounts that in emergency situations when every man was needed, the death penalty was waived. Also, more than in other social circles, in the military the sexes can seem more than a little alien to each other, with incomprehension on both sides. But the church made slow progress and it seems that homosexuality throughout the Middle Ages was more ignored and disregarded than persecuted. Normally these warrior groups lived by hunting and robbing, and were always first to sign up and lead in wars or raids.
In ancient Greece pederasty was a widely accepted practice which wasn't considered in opposition to any military, i. But even if these warrior societies were newly formed without much tradition, homosexuality often seems to be a defining moment, as recent studies of North African corsairs, or the pirates of the Caribbean Sea, show. Recent studies, however, see it as something archetypal, the heritage of ancient Indo-European initiation rites. From their ranks came the dreaded warriors who dressed in wolf or bear skins and transformed, with the help of shamanic rites, into raging beasts.
The Greeks even claimed that the Celts sometimes slept with two boys simultaneously. Each hoplite had a slave as a servant in the field and Xenophon reports that the mercenaries took boys as bounty in Persia. But more established couples were not uncommon in Algeria. With Oktoberfest officially under way, it's time to enjoy your favorite German brews — and swoon over some of the hottest German men in the spotlight. Those caught were bound indiscriminately or stuffed in a sack and thrown into the sea.
Thus, filming was moved to Berlin, where the movie actually takes place. Further Reading Blomberg, Catharina: The Heart of the Warrior: Origins and Religious Background of the Samurai System in Feudal Japan 1994 Boswell, John: Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality 1980 Bremmer, Jan: An enigmatic Indo-European Rite: Paederasty In: Arethusa 13 1980 p. In this thoroughly masculine atmosphere the accusation of homosexuality was one of the gravest insults, one which could be expiated only by death. But this too referred only to the passive role in relations among free citizens - slaves didn't count. The frequent accounts of underage cabin boys suggests the involvement of violence and extortion.
But the matter isn't so simple. And then in their perpetual wanderings through all sorts of countries, murders, and adventures, they contracted affections, one for the other, in which the stronger protected the younger in the midst of battles, helped him to cross precipices, sponged the sweat of fevers from his brow, and stole food for him, and the weaker, a child perhaps, who had been picked up on the roadside, and had then become a Mercenary, repaid this devotion by a thousand kindnesses. There was talked about and some chroniclers made allusions but nobody pressed charges. There are hints and traces of such behavior in Hittite mythology, in Celtic and Germanic tribes, as well as among the Greeks and Romans. Not affected by this restriction, of course, were slaves and prisoners of war.
Click on the map markers for details of each spot. A toxic cesspool of a website where people claim that you're allowed to , but is filled with a great deal of intolerant morons who take any chance they have to snap at you and send death threats via anonymous ask. That changed with the 16th Century, when Catholics and Protestants competed for being the most zealous in burning heretics, witches, and of course homosexuals. On the other hand there aren't any confessions of homosexual mercenaries. If a port was near the instigator was burned and the others drowned.
These brotherhoods were strictly separated from the rest of society, and surrounded by an aura of mystery. In many Germanic tribes later-born sons, who were not entitled to inherit, were organised into warrior societies. In Rome, homosexual relationships were quite common; there were masses of male prostitutes who legally paid their taxes, and many rich and powerful men spent fortunes on their male lovers. However, it is significant that many reports of sodomy refer to isolated garrisons or to the lowest - i. Your blog is your own and should not have to be subject to the radical fanaticism of other users. Most soldiers vehemently oppose such insinuations of course.