From the sworn virgins of the Balkans to ancient Egypt’s skht, we live in a world where gender diverse people have always existed. Gender roles are an interesting indication of a culture’s values and beliefs, so it is important to include them in a conworld too.
Here are a few from Kireles:
- In the Qadhrin culture, it is common for male devotees of the goddess Qamala to undergo a rite of passage that marks them not as men but as deavirs. The strong energy of Qamala transforms all whom she touches – even their gender is changed.
- Sinaaqu is a country where the vast majority of the population experiences a reversed circadian rhythm cycle: they are awake at night and asleep during the day. The small minority of individuals who do not experience this are considered outcasts from mainstream society. They are labelled somnyxians – “night sleepers” – and are considered a separate gender with strict roles.
- Within the cultures of the island nations on the equator, it is common for children to belong to a third gender called “treasure” or “secret” in their languages. This is a way of protecting children from what is deemed inappropriate nosiness. Once they enter puberty, joyous rites and rituals graduate them into adulthood and the gender of either man or woman.
- Fajhne cultures embrace the concept of luneth, a gender associated with menstruation. Blood has a lot of mythological symbolism among many of the Fajhne ethnic groups; those who are bleeding are said to embody the force of Luneth, a semi-demonic entity in Fajhne mythology.