Why was the berdache ridiculed?

David F. Greenberg

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    Several anthropological explanations of why North American Indian berdaches were ridiculed are considered and rejected in favor of the proposal that berdaches were laughed at largely in the context of traditional joking relationships. Consequently, reports that Indians ridiculed berdaches need not be interpreted as evidence that they held negative views of homosexuality.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationThe Many Faces of Homosexuality
    Subtitle of host publicationAnthropological Approaches to Homosexual Behavior
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)9781136550522
    ISBN (Print)9780866563284
    StatePublished - Apr 3 2013

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences


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