Jun 22, 2010 9:22 AM GMT
Within RJ, and in the LGBT community at large, there is much talk of what in older cultures is termed "alternate genders" that is, people and characteristics of people who do not fit in with the Western categorisation of male and female. Confusion arises in people as to their sexual identity, sexual orientation, and even their physical gender, and those who do not fit the mould are generally spurned... As these "alternate genders" are so often ridiculed... often for reasons purely due to genetics.. I thought it would be fitting to give an account of how more traditional shamanic societies deal with these phenomena.
In most shamanic traditions... the universe is a constant flux between two aspects, namely, the positive and the negative, the yin and the yang, and also, the masculine and the feminine. Though the traditional roles of the males as warriors, and the females as care-givers, are universally set among shamanic cultures, most of these cultures do in fact have a special role assigned to those people who do not belong to either one of these genders traditionally: that of males or females, having characteristics typical of the opposite sex, or even people who have characteristics of both sexes.
Universal throughout all shamanic cultures, is a recognition and honouring of people born as double-gendered, or alternate gendered. They consider them to be endowed with natural balance of the two opposites. They are seen as extra powerful, and are considered to be able to bridge the world of the physical and the world of the spiritual, where messages are transmitted to the living. Thus, alternate gendered people are considered as prophets, as healers, seeers, and generally, the keepers of the sacred sciences and lore, and are held in the highest possible esteem by the worlds oldest cultures.
Alternate-gender people have a lot of ridicule to suffer nowadays, even, and often more harshly, from the people within their own ranks. It would be beneficial to us al if alternate gendered people begin to reclaim their honour, and respect themselves and each other in the way they were created Hopefully, in this way, respect may be returned back to us in the future,
Thank you for reading and commenting,