Muxhe is a Zapotec Indian word that means third gender – the muxhes have been an established part of Zapotec culture for millennia. The region of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec is situated on the narrowest part of Mexico, between the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean. This region has one of the biggest indigenous presences in the country, in which Zapotecs have been living for thousands of years.  Juchitán is a small town in the heart of what used to be the Zapotec Kingdom. The local myth says that Saint Vicente was travelling with a bag full of muxhes, the bag broke and all the muxhes inside fell in Juchitán, where they settled. The reality is that in Juchitán there is an unusually large population of muxhes. In every square of the town there are approximately 15 muxhes.  Traditionally having a muxhe as your child is seen as a blessing. Muxhes have a very significant role in the family and are active members of the community. They are also accepted and celebrated by the local Catholic Church. Each year, at the end of November, there is a muxhe beauty pageant, or vela (dance), attended by the whole town where a muxhe is crowned as the new queen of that year. This pageant was set up in 1976 by the organisation called “Las auténticas intrépidas buscadoras del peligro” (The authentic intrepid seekers of danger) . This movement led to a reaffirmation of the modern muxhe identity.
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Muxhe is a Zapotec Indian word that means third gender – the muxhes have been an established part of Zapotec culture for millennia.

The region of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec is situated on the narrowest part of Mexico, between the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean. This region has one of the biggest indigenous presences in the country, in which Zapotecs have been living for thousands of years.

Juchitán is a small town in the heart of what used to be the Zapotec Kingdom. The local myth says that Saint Vicente was travelling with a bag full of muxhes, the bag broke and all the muxhes inside fell in Juchitán, where they settled. The reality is that in Juchitán there is an unusually large population of muxhes. In every square of the town there are approximately 15 muxhes.

Traditionally having a muxhe as your child is seen as a blessing. Muxhes have a very significant role in the family and are active members of the community. They are also accepted and celebrated by the local Catholic Church.

Each year, at the end of November, there is a muxhe beauty pageant, or vela (dance), attended by the whole town where a muxhe is crowned as the new queen of that year. This pageant was set up in 1976 by the organisation called “Las auténticas intrépidas buscadoras del peligro” (The authentic intrepid seekers of danger) . This movement led to a reaffirmation of the modern muxhe identity.

Read more about the project and please support the filmmakers so this documentary can be a reality. You don’t need to donate a lot.

If you can’t help monetarily, please signal boost.

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