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Transcendents by Mariette Pathy Allen

By March 2, 2021March 11th, 2021ASMP Bookshelf, Strictly Business Blog


In collaboration with Dr. Eli Coleman, professor and director of the Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota, Transcendents studies the phenomenon of gender variance among the spirit cults of Burma and Thailand. This book combines a raw, personal, photographic standpoint with an anthropological and sexological perspective on the genderfluid spirit mediums in Thailand and Burma.

“As a westerner, I will never understand or experience the mystery, or the spirituality of mediums, or how they know things that I can never know. They are otherworldly when possessed, impenetrable, transgressive. I search for their spirits through my camera lens. I watch and learn, and suspend disbelief.” —Mariette Pathy Allen

Editor’s Note: Mariette Pathy Allen is an ASMP Life member based in New York.

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