In Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca, indigenous communities accept a third category of gender besides just male and female. Known as “muxes,” these people combine elements of both genders and fill a unique role within the community. Local acceptance of this mixed gender is rooted in ancient culture and can be traced back to the cross-dressing priests and hermaphrodite gods of Aztec and Maya civilizations.
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In this artistic short film by Ivan Olita at Bravò, journey through the world of Mexico’s modern muxes through the poetry of their own voices.
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Modern Muxes: An Entrancing Look at an Ancient Third Gender | Short Film Showcase