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Sexualities: Transsexualities: Overview
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In Southeast Asia from pre-Islamic times the practice of “ritual transvestism” appears to have been widespread. Ritual transvestites, or gender transgressive ritual practitioners, were individuals who in the course of priestly or shamanic functions temporarily engaged in practices (behavior, dress) typically associated with the other gender. Many of these individuals were males but femal…

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Blackwood, Evelyn, “Sexualities: Transsexualities: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0203>
First published online: 2009

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