BLENDED SPIRITS Queer Third Gender in Animist Culture
Workshop with Quynn. Recorded as live. Discussion about subject. 2 journeys. 60 minutes.
Workshop-BLENDED SPIRIT Third Gender in Shamanic Culture
Ones called to the Shamanic path are humans who are able to access the worlds. They are called by the Spirit World to be bridges between realities, and balance there to access helpful knowledge for the Tribe. In the past this has meant that the Shamana her/himself often blended between the worlds of female and male in their societal gender roles. For people who are reading this, those gender roles are in the process of blending for everyone, now more than in the past. Still, those who are called to shamanize are often somehow ‘in between’ the polarities of masculine and feminine energies, whether called “the Third Sex” or “Two Spirit” by different cultures, whether considered “gay” or “bi” or “straight” by society (one’s sex and gender are not the same), there is a whole complex world of the Blended Spirit that is important to those called by the Spirit World to shamanize. This circle opens the conversation about the gender worlds in between, specifically in the realm of the Shamana.
Quynn will share examples from a variety of cultural descriptions about their shaman people as ‘the third gender’, to show the consistency, as well as the variety, of how this part of shamanic life can manifest itself in a person’s life. Then the drum will take each person where they need to go to learn more about their personal relationship with their spirits within, and ope’s calling to be One Who Balances.
There has been much judgement and persecution of shamanic people considered to be “third gender”, so we will open the circle by honoring all wise people of the past who have not able to be their full selves and play their important roles (see what Malidoma Some says about this), due to imposed religious restrictions and limiting beliefs.
Those with all levels of journeying experience are welcome.