The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture

Front Cover
Beacon Press, 1992 - Religion - 344 pages
3 Reviews
Winner of the: Gay Book of the Year Award, American Library Association; Ruth Benedict Award, Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists; Award for Outstanding Scholarship, World Congress for Sexology

Author’s note: Shortly after the second revised edition this book was published in 1992, the term "Two-Spirit Person" became more popular among native people than the older anthropological term "berdache." When I learned of this new term, I began strongly supporting the use of this newer term. I believe that people should be able to call themselves whatever they wish, and scholars should respect and acknowledge their change of terminology. I went on record early on in convincing other anthropologists to shift away from use of the word berdache and in favor of using Two-Spirit. Nevertheless, because this book continues to be sold with the use of berdache, many people have assumed that I am resisting the newer term. Nothing could be further from the truth. Unless continued sales of this book will justify the publication of a third revised edition in the future, it is not possible to rewrite what is already printed, Therefore, I urge readers of this book, as well as activists who are working to gain more respect for gender variance, mentally to substitute the term "Two-Spirit" in the place of "berdache" when reading this text. -- Walter L. Williams, Los Angeles, 2006
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Maretak - LibraryThing

Walther L. Williams legt een heel serieuze studie neer over berdaches of two-spirits. Zelden zo breed gezien. Een half punt af van de quotering omdat Williams zijn eigen positie als homoseksuele man ... Read full review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

This book was written by Walter L. Williams a white man and gay rights activist that was arrested convicted, and jailed for a host of crimes against children.
Sexual Exploitation of Children; Travel
with Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct; Engaging in Illicit Sexual Conduct in Foreign Places; Criminal Forfeiture 

Contents

THE CHARACTER OF THE BERDACHE
2
The Spiritual Basis of
17
Berdache Mystical Power and Ceremonial
31
The Economic and Social Position of
44
The Gender Role of
65
Sexual Aspects of the Berdache
87
The Berdaches Husband and
110
The Spanish Campaign Against
131
Male Marriage in Fringe
152
Indian Acculturation and Decline
175
The Berdache Tradition and
201
TOWARD A THEORETICAL UNDERSTANDING
231
A Cross
252
Notes
277
Bibliography
317
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

Bibliographic information