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Title Muxes : authentic, intrepid seekers of danger / by Alejandra Islas
Published Rochester (N.Y.) : Ethnoscope, 2006


Description 1 online resource (101 min.)
Series Ethnographic video online
Summary Among the Zapotec Indians of Oaxaca, Mexico, boy babies who are born in a certain position, or little boys who prefer to play with girls, are raised as women, and are known as Muxes (pronounced "Mooshays"). In the town of Juchitán, in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Muxes have an important role to play in the life of the community. Because they are raised as women, the Muxes prefer to enter into relations with "straight" men. Since female virginity is important for marriage in Juchitán, unmarried boys have their first experiences with Muxes, but usually move on to a heterosexual marriage. The Muxes of Juchitán are proud of their identity, enjoy their lives, laugh at themselves as well as at "straight" society, and admit their own foibles freely. They call themselves "Authentic, Intrepid Seekers of Danger," and have banded together to lead the fight against AIDS in Oaxaca. They talk frankly about their experiences of acceptance and rejection, and their successes in finding freedom, love and delight in their special identity
Notes Previously released on DVD
Title from resource description page (viewed Nov. 3, 2011)
Credits Director and producer, Alejandra Islas Caro
Cast José António
Event Filmed in Juchitán de Zaragoza, Mexico
Notes Spanish with English subtitles
Subject Male homosexuality -- Mexico -- Juchitán de Zaragoza
Gay men -- Mexico -- Juchitán de Zaragoza -- Social life and customs
Zapotec Indians -- Mexico -- Juchitán de Zaragoza -- Social life and customs -- 21st century
Gay men -- Social life and customs.
Male homosexuality.
Manners and customs.
Zapotec Indians -- Social life and customs.
Juchitán de Zaragoza (Mexico) -- Social life and customs
Mexico -- Juchitán de Zaragoza.
Genre/Form Documentary
Form Streaming video
Author Islas, Alejandra
António, José, Muxe