"What became of the Black People of Sumer?" the traveler asked the old man, "for ancient records show that the people of Sumer were Black. What happened to them?" "Ah," the old man sighed. "They lost their history, so they died..."
The West has now decided to treat gay rights as a human rights issue. In fact foreign aid has recently been tied to it. The Obama administration has been particularly conspicuous in this regard. Afrikan leaders have responded, arguing that gay right is not a human rights issue but a cultural issue. And no nation can impose its cultural concerns on another. The human and definition of marriage has different cultural faces. One definition or size does not fit all. If the West truly champions individual freedom, then why can they not see that cultural freedom is just as valid.
In Afrika, marriage is a custom that unites more than just two individuals but instead, two families. More importantly, marriage establishes kinship, without which no reliable system for identifying lineages could exist. This very important conception of marriage is missing in the West. Marriage has been reduced to a sexual exchange between two people that love each other. No lineage concerns. No offspring.
The Afrikan worldview is based on twinness. I will site the Dogon and Bamana here. Twinness was the original state of the primal beings that existed before the appearance of culture. The Mande inform us that twinness has a male and a female component. However, twinness is undesirable in human culture because it interferes with our desire to procreate. Therefore, circumcision was devised to remove our original twinness, and it accompanied by marriage are the cultural surrogates to twinness. It is circumcision and marriage that human beings have created within culture to replace twinness.
The concept of twinness, which can also be read as the yin and the yang, and that is also an Afrikan concept given to the Chinese by way of the Li Min (I believe San migrants), mitigated against the true purpose of marriage and life itself from becoming unbalanced.