Gender Transformation in Shamanism

What would it be like to live in a culture with 8 genders or 64? In shamanic cultures your biology, gender, and sexual preference are not necessarily linked. They can be, but its not a given. They are all variables that are experienced as an expression of Spirit moving through the individual. They are not only varied in shamanic cultures, but they may change over a lifetime.

Join shaman and host Christina Pratt as she explores gender variance and transformation in shamanism. Important in shamanism is the transformed shaman. These are often considered the most powerful shamans. These are men in a variety of shamanic cultures around the world including Siberia, Africa, and North America, who have become women to follow their call from spirit. These changes are culturally sanctioned and expected. They begin the transformation very young and progress into functioning as a shaman and a woman after initiation. The bigger mystery: why women don’t have to become men to be shamans?

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About Christina Pratt…

Shamanic teacher and author, Christina is a skilled shamanic healer who weaves her authentic shamanic experience, extensive training, and experience with shamans from Ecuador, Nepal, Tibet, and Africa into her contemporary practice. She has been in practice for 20 years, specializing in soul retrieval healings, soul part integration, and ancestral healing. She is the director of the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing in Portland, Oregon.

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