Being a pisces, I’m terribly indulgent when it comes to escaping reality and creating worlds of my own— Worlds for others to join me in. Photography is the medium, that allows me to be a medium, and with it I can explore the correlation between queer people’s transient “between worlds” qualities, and their ability to communicate with entities beyond this pre-defined reality.
In many Aboriginal cultures, transgendered people are commonly believed to be chosen by a divine-force as “Two-Spirited”, as their ceremonial identity, representing both a male spirit, and a female spirit. Their “between” nature endows them with the power and honour of communicating with the divine, healing, magics and the retrieval of souls.
A little bit of my own folklore, as I am of total Hungarian descent: In Pagan, Eastern Europe there were men named Calusari who ritually embodied a third or alternate gender, wearing feminine attire, waxing feminine mannerisms while brandishing a sword to worship their Goddess, Doamna Zinelor, “Mistress of the Fairies”.
These goddess worshipping transgendered shamans would heal, cure possession, and commune with the fairies through dance, never allowing their virginity to be lost to a woman, in fear they may lose their powers.
Like ghosts, Fey, or Other-worldly Spirits, the non-static paradoxical freedom of queer people definitely defies the shape and form of our physical world, redefining our concepts of polarities, body politics, and spirituality.
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