What does Zoroastrianism say about homosexuality???
The current article is response to the question of a dear friend. Homosexuality is a term for people who have sexual relationships with their own sex. The only sexual activity pertaining to homosexuality that is discussed in length in the Zoroastrian literature is “bare anal intercourse.”
In Zoroastrian jurisprudence NO distinction is made between heterosexual or homosexual “bare anal intercourse.” Both are equally alluded to and quite explicitly condemned. The extremely negative view toward heterosexual or homosexual “raw anal intercourse” has to do with its pollution and the barrenness of the act.
The main function of the anus/rectum is to act as a passageway for feces. But small amounts of feces remain present in the rectum, especially if the feces are not well formed. This in addition to the risk of tearing anal tissue and exposure to blood makes the “bare anal intercourse” a highly polluted act. The act becomes a mortal sin (marg-arzaan,) when semen or substance of life is deposited in the inherently unclean male or female rectum (See Vendidad 8.32.)
In the poetic gathas, Yasna 51.12, 1st rhymed verse line; prophet Zarathushtra strongly condemns a “sorcerer poet” or “vaæpyö.” The term “vaäpyö” is identical to the Vedic “vipra,” an inspired, frenzied poet. The root vip means the “vibration, swinging rhythm, frenzy” of emotions, feelings, poetry. The term is also used for wanton sex.
In later Avestan “vaæpyö” has become a strictly derogatory sexual term. In middle Iranian, it is translated as “koon-marz.” Koon is “anus/rectum” and marz is like French “marquee; bordering upon, entering into, insertion.” The term Koon-marz applies only when the bare skin of penis borders upon, touches and is inserted into anus.
Both in the Südgar gathic commentaries and in the Dādestān ī dēnīg the participants in the act of raw anal intercourse are named among the seven arch evildoers, whose defilement/pollution matches that of the Evil Spirit himself.
The longest discussion of the act and the reason why it is so loathsome is found in the Dādestān ī dēnīg, questions 71-76.
The emphasis is again on inherent pollution and the misplacement/wasting of the semen.
According to Vendidad 1.11, bare anal intercourse was instituted to plague the ninth creation, in the land of the Hyrcanians or wolves (vəhrkāna).
Moreover, Vendidad compares the mis-creation of demons to that of deposit of semen into the anus/rectum and the discharge of pollution.
Accordingly expiation for this sin is good breeding, procreation and faithful adoption of children, so the good creation is multiplied.