You know you’re a bookstagrammer when one of your goals in life is to one day own enough hardbacks to make a hardback rainbow. But for now I’m quite happy with this rainbow stack I made! #bookishtower tag tagged by @captain.valour, thank you! 😊❤️📚👍🏻😍📖🌈
so this might be weird but you seem to know a lot about gods and goddesses so i was wondering if you know of any gods or goddesses of like, gender or being trans or change or what have you.
well, this is sort of vague because i don’t know if you mean, strictly trans, or like… idk. i’ll just include things about deities not being a specific gender i guess
offhand in Greek mythology i know of:
Hermaphroditus, who was the god of androgyny, basically, since he was a man and became merged into one form with the woman he loved. i guess he also represented fertility and marriage (both male and female aspects of it)
Dionysus was supposedly raised disguised as a girl when he was a child. earliest depictions of him pictured him as a manly man but he later came to be pictured as a young boy/androgynous youth
And in Greek mythology there are lots of tales of gods changing forms and pretending to be other genders, an example being Zeus disguising himself as the goddess Artemis in order to seduce one of her nymph followers.
looking online i found some other things and i’ll split them into their respective pantheons/mythologies
Lan Caihe being a figure that never had a very defined gender and was always pictured in gender ambiguous clothing
Shirabyoshi, a female or transgender kami who would dress in men’s clothing
Inari, a kami, who was pictured in various forms, as a young girl, old man, or an androgynous buddhist person. also they were a kitsune and i guess kitsune like to change their forms to whatever they want regardless of gender
Ōyamakui, a transgender mountain spirit
In general hindu mythology has a ton of examples of their gods changing genders, manifesting as different genders at different times, being reincarnated as different genders, or combining to form androgynous or hermaphroditic beings. like just read this article on wikipedia
the Dahomey people believe there is an androgynous celestial deity of creation that was formed when a brother (Lisa, sun deity) and sister (Mawu, lunar deity) came together.
Shona people have an androgynous creator deity Mwari, who splits sometimes into female or male aspects
Australian Aboriginal mythology
have a rainbow serpent god (Ungud) that’s either seen as androgynous or transgender
I guess they have another rainbow serpent god who is also transgender named Angamunggi
Pacific Island mythology
The Bayagoin in the philippines worship two transgender/hermaphroditic gods named Bathala and Malyari
The Ngaju Dayak in Borneo worship Mahatala-Jata, a transgender/hermaphroditic god that was a combination of Mahatala, a ruler of the upperworld, and Jata, the ruler of the underworld from under the sea
Again in Borneo, there was a deity, Menjaya Raja Manang, who was first a male god, but another god’s wife became sick, and when the male god tried to heal her, the male god changed into a woman or became an androgynous being
There’s a god of maize in mayan mythology that’s pictured as an effeminate young man in art and i guess constituted a third gender in their culture
Tlazoteotl in aztec mythology is the underworld goddess of life and death, but it said to be the metaphorical mother/protector to transgender or lesbian priestesses called Huastecs
technically this isn’t about a deity but: the inuits believed that the first two humans were both male, and they became a couple and “mated” and one of them became pregnant but wasn’t equipped to give birth and a spell was cast over him to give him a vagina and thus become female
a goddess (Ninmah) supposed created “physically differing” people including “women who cannot give birth” and “the one who has no male or female organs” who were regarded as a third gender and the supreme god (Enki) was accepting of them and gave them roles in society like being priests/priestesses or servants of the king
In mesopotamian mythology there’s something else about third gender priests that would worship Inanna
the Jinn were beings created from smoke and could change their appearance (and gender) at will
also not a deity but there were believed to be springs/wells that could change a person’s gender should they drink from them
ok this took forever hope this helps. basically all my sources came from this so they might not all be accurate or true but like…. it was a lot to cover and i would still be working on this if i had to search the web to fact check every single one of these things lmao
Painting of the Rainbow Serpent have been dated back to more than 6,000 years. It is made up of several animals: The head of a kangaroo or horse, a long snake-like body, and a pointed or spiked tail like a crocodile.
It is believed that they are connected to the life-giving fertility of rain. They are responsible for storms and floods, which occurs to punish those who violate the natural laws. The bones of the people swept away by the floods are regurgitated and turned into stone.