Two-spirit meaning

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(theology) Involving two spirits; especially, pertaining to the doctrine of dualism espoused in the so-called Treatise on the Two Spirits in the Dead Sea Scrolls.
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A person, especially a Native American man, who assumes the gender identity and is granted the social status of the opposite sex.
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(of a Native American) Identifying as any of various tribal third genders, rather than as wholly male or female; transgender.
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A Native (North) American who is not wholly (cis-)male or (cis-)female, but who is transgender or belongs to belongs to any of the third genders present among various unrelated tribes.
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(of a Native American) Identifying as any of various tribal third genders, rather than as wholly male or female; transgender.
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A Native (North) American who is not cismale or cisfemale, but is transgender or belongs to belongs to any of various tribal third genders.
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(theology) Involving two spirits; especially, pertaining to the doctrine of dualism espoused in the so-called Treatise on the Two Spirits in the Dead Sea Scrolls.
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Origin of two-spirit

  • A calque of Ojibwe niizh manidoowag (“two spirits"), from niizh (“two") + manidoo (“spirit"). Replaced berdache, which had come to be considered offensive.

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  • From two +"Ž spirit. Replaced berdache in reference to Native Americans.

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  • From two +"Ž spirit.

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