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Myth-y Mondays Week 8- Trans/Intersex Deities II

  • Story: Trans/Intersex Deities from Everywhere and Everywhen
    Origin: Too many to count


    WHOO! Trans/Intersex deities part 2, baby! So let’s just jump right in and get started.


    Let’s start with the Philippines. In Tagalog myth, there’s a deity called Lakapati. Lakapati is most often depicted and intersex. In Suludnon myth, there are these female binukots that can transform into male warriors! Some of the most famous binukots are Nagmalitong Yawa and Matan-ayon. In Waray mythology, the supreme creator deity is a single deity with both a male and female aspect. The male aspect is named Makapatag and the female aspect is called Malaon. 


    Next, let’s check out the indigenous people of the Americas! In the mythology of the Inuits, there are these two-spirit shamans. These shamans contain both male and female spirits. In the Inuit creation story, Uumarnituq is changed into a woman in order to give birth. There’s also this dope goddess of marine animals who’s depicted as androgynous called Sedna! She lives at the bottom of the ocean with her wife so that’s pretty cool. The Mayans had a god known as “the Tonsured Maize God” who is said to have constituted a third gender.


    And now… Borneo! I’m pretty sure you guys are shrugging and going “Borneo? Never heard of it.” Here’s some backbone to go off of: Borneo’s a small Asian island whose indigenous cultures are packed FULL of myth! The Ngaju and Dayak people have an all-powerful androgynous/trans deity called Mahatala-Jata! This dude has two aspects- Mahatala, the male aspect, and Jata- the female aspect. There’s also the basir- transgender shamans who serve said deity (Mahatala-Jata).


    We’re just gonna take an teensy-weensy itty-bitty time leap… to the dawn of society. That’s right! The place it all started- Mesopotamia (insert angel chorus). Specifically, the myths of the Sumerians and Babylonians. The creation story of the Sumerians has the goddess Ninmah creating a bunch of humans of all sorts of genders. One of these is “the one who is not male, nor female”. In Babylonia, the goddess Inanna was worshipped by androgynous priests through songs and lullaby-like laments. Pretty rad!


    Lastly, we head to Greece!... but first take a small pitstop in Egypt. Hapi’s a deity of the Nile River, and they are referenced and depicted as non-binary! They represent the annual flooding of the Nile, and also their name sounds like happy, which is very nice. It makes me really… Hapi…. (thanks for sharing that one Renee!)  Anyways, perhaps one of the most famous intersex deities is Hermaphroditus. They are (unsurprisingly) the child of Hermes and Aphrodite. Hermaphroditus is both male and female, and their name is actually used as a medical term! 


    Whew, there ya go! Are there more trans/intersex deities out there? Definitely. Anyways, it’s currently 2:34 A.M as I’m typing this, so this Abi’s gonna head to sleep Hope you future peeps enjoyed learning about the colorful world of trans and intersex deities!

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