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Homosexuality is not mentioned at all in the Confucian scriptures. It is neither listed as a sin nor is it condoned. "Biting the bitter peel", a euphemism for homosexual relations, generally taken to mean anal sex, is mentioned as having been practiced by several individuals in the Book of History as well as the Spring and Autumn Annals, both texts belonging to the Five Classics. The description seems roughly parallel to the Greek examples, where an older male serves as the "lover" and the younger male serves as the more feminine "beloved". It is unclear in the texts whether these relationships were expected to end once the "beloved" reached the age of majority in these texts -- though it would seem somewhat unlikely given the strong class divide which is also present (the lord acts as the "lover" and various servants fill the role of "beloved").