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Third Gender: An Entrancing Look at Mexico's Muxes

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.

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. Follow Ivan Olita on Vimeo and Instagram. Follow Bravò on Vimeo and Instagram.

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