berdache

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ber·dache

 (bər-dăsh′)
n.
Among certain Native American peoples, a person, usually a male, who assumes the gender identity and is granted the social status of the opposite sex.

[North American French, from French bardache, catamite, from Italian dialectal bardascia, from Arabic bardaj, slave, from Persian bardah, prisoner, from Middle Persian vartak, from Old Iranian *varta-; see welə- in Indo-European roots.]

ber·dach′ism n.

berdache

(bəˈdæʃ)
n
a Native American transvestite

ber•dache

(bərˈdæʃ)

n.
(in some American Indian tribes) a man who adopts the dress and social roles traditionally assigned to women.
[1800–10; < North American French; French bardache boy prostitute < South Italian bardascia < Arabic bardaj slave < Persian bardag]
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108) Berdachism was widespread, with berdache existence documented in over 130 tribal societies.
The combination of external and internal hostile forces served to eventually eliminate berdachism.