Sir Richard Burton
While working as an intelligence officer with the British army in India, Burton was asked to investigate the boy brothels of Karachi that, reportedly, catered for British soldiers.
Burton wore various disguises during his investigation.
Burton was among the first white men to enter the more private parts of Arabia, including Mecca.
The Perfumed Garden
In the Terminal Essay of The Arabian Nights, 1885, Burton outlined his theory of a "Sotadic Zone" where homosexuality/pederasty flourished. The Sotadic Zone included most of the Mediterranean countries, the Middle East, China, Japan, the islands of the South Seas and North and South America.
Burton's book The Jew, the Gipsy and el Islam, published posthumously in 1898, claimed the existence of Jewish human sacrifices. (Burton's investigations into this had provoked hostility from the Jewish population in Damascus, see Damascus affair.) (Richard Francis Burton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Burton wrote ( terminal essay by richard francis burton ):
Subsequent enquiries in many and distant countries enabled me to arrive at the following conclusions:
There exists what I shall call a 'Sotadic Zone,' (area where pederasty is common) bounded westwards by the northern shores of the Mediterranean (N. Lat. 43 °) and by the southern (N. Lat. 30°). Thus the depth would be 780 to 800 miles including meridional France, the Iberian Peninsula, Italy and Greece, with the coast-regions of Africa from Marocco to Egypt.
Running eastward the Sotadic Zone narrows, embracing Asia Minor, Mesopotamia and Chaldaea, Afghanistan, Sind, the Punjab and Kashmir.
In Indo-China the belt begins to broaden, enfolding China, Japan and Turkistan.
It then embraces the South Sea Islands and the New World where, at the time of its discovery, Sotadic love was, with some exceptions, an established racial institution.
From Rome the practice extended far and wide to her colonies, especially the Provincia now called Provence. Athenaeus (xii. 26) charges the people of Massilia with "acting like women out of luxury"; and he cites the saying "May you sail to Massilia!" as if it were another Corinth. Indeed the whole Keltic race is charged with Le Vice by Aristotle (Pol. ii. 66), Strabo (iv. 199)and Diodorus Siculus (v. 32)...
In old Mauritania, now Marocco,[FN#384] the Moors proper are notable sodomites; Moslems,even of saintly houses, are permitted openly to keep catamites...
As in Marocco so the Vice prevails throughout the old regencies of Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli and all the cities of the South Mediterranean seaboard...
Beyond India, I have stated, the Sotadic Zone begins to broaden out, embracing all China, Turkistan and Japan. The Chinese, asfar as we know them in the great cities, are omnivorous and omnifutuentes: they are the chosen people of debauchery, andtheir systematic bestiality with ducks, goats, and other animals is equalled only by their pederasty...
Passing over to America we find that the Sotadic Zone contains the whole hemisphere from Behring's Straits to Magellan's... In California the first missionaries found the same practice, the youths being called Joya...