The Importance of the Transgender Experience in the Shamanic Tradition

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An Analysis of the Importance of the Transgender Experience in the Shamanic Tradition
This study will analyze the vital importance of the transgender experience in differing world shamanic traditions. In many traditions, the importance of the shaman crossing gender barriers that exist in a dominantly heteronormative world are vital to understanding the numerous roles that shamans lead in communities. Without these numerous roles often implying both male and female roles, the community does have access to a higher spiritual context in which to judge the cosmos and the interaction between the physical and metaphysical world. By revealing the ways in which transgender role help to bring a wider interpretation of the spirit world by the...
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.....l world. By examining these facets of shamanistic life and the transgender experience, one can realize the higher spiritual goals found in these roles in the communities investigated in this study.
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