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  1. adelphopoiesis(Noun)

    fraternisation between men.

  2. adelphopoiesis(Noun)

    ceremony where males are unionised with oneu2010another.

  3. Origin: from ἀδελφοποίησις, combination: and

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  1. Adelphopoiesis

    Adelphopoiesis, or adelphopoiia from the Greek ἀδελφοποίησις, derived from ἀδελφός "brother" and ποιέω "I make", literally "brother-making" is a ceremony practiced at one time by various Christian churches to unite together two people of the same sex. Similar blood brotherhood rituals were practiced by other cultures, including American Indians, ancient Chinese as well as Germanic and Scandinavian peoples. It was argued by the late Yale historian John Boswell in his book Same-sex unions in pre-modern Europe, also published as The marriage of likeness, that the practice was to unite two persons in a marriage-like union. His theory was disputed by other academics expert on the issue, notably UCLA historian Claudia Rapp, in a special issue of the scholarly journal Traditio in 1997. It also is disputed by the religious community today descended most directly from that involved in the original practice, the Greek Orthodox Church, where it is translated as "fraternization" and does not mean or suggest a marriage. The Catholic Church objected to Boswell's characterization of the now-defunct ceremony as well. While many scholars criticized Boswell's findings, other scholars agree with him, including prominent scholar Robin Scroggs and William L. Countryman. The ceremony was mainly practiced in Eastern Christianity, but not exclusively. Boswell gives text and translation for a number of versions of the "fraternization" ceremony in Greek, and translation for a number of Slavonic versions. The twentieth-century Russian Orthodox philosopher and martyr Fr. Pavel Florensky described the chaste nature of the practice and in detail its Christian significance in his 1914 book The Pillar and the Ground of Truth.

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