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    Weye, hueye or weyun is a word in the mapudungun language to describe homosexual men, as well as transfeminine and non-binary people in Mapuche culture. [1]

    History

    Since ancient times, weyes could take the role of a machi, a shaman that could transit between male, female and co-gendered identities during ritual ceremonies. In Mapuche culture, gender exists within two realms, the earth in which gender is fixed, and the spiritual where gender is fluid. Machis are able to flow between both worlds.

    Homosexual sex between AMAB people wasn't considered taboo, and gender roles for weyes varied from feminine to masculine in an ambiguous manner.

    Thanks to eurocentrism and Christian bias from historians who have depicted these people, it's difficult to be precise about what the historic role of shamans was, since narrations often came with pejorative words, in line with the moral standards of the Spanish Empire who considered many of their traits as demonized perversions and paganism.


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