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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Asphodel Press; (17 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578007916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578007915
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,300,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marsglobe on 4 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm a big fan of Raven Kaldera. For those that don't know Mr Kaldera describes himself as follows: "Raven Kaldera is a Northern Tradition shaman, intersex/transgender FTM activist, erotica educator, Ordeal Master, Speaker for the Transgendered Dead, homesteader, diviner, psychic vampire, herbalist, polyamorous parent, and author of many, many books, articles, and short stories. Raven is a builder of bridges between worlds, a crosser of boundaries between communities, a Reweaver of the is an ill wind that blows no minds". How can you not love someone with that kind of CV?

I had heard of Mr Kaldera some years ago but only in that random clicking on the internet way, I hadn't actually read one of his books until a friend lent me one of his early works "Hermaphrodeities" which has just been republished and updated in a 2nd edition. I read the first edition but look forward to purchasing my own copy of the second.

Mr K. operates within the Northern European Tradition of Shamanism which (again) in his own words is "a blend of the ancient shamanic traditions of many of the peoples of northern Europe - the Germanic, Norse, Anglo-Saxon, and Saami, and a little bit of Russian and western Siberian." One of the exciting things (for me) about this approach to working with spirits is its earthiness, its no-nonsense straightfowardness - you get a sense from reading his work that there won't be many chiffon swishing whale kissing New Age moments here.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Read 18 Sept. 2010
By Chase Sweeney - Published on
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Heartwarming and painful by turns, Hermaphrodeities is definitely a book for any polytheistic person who doesn't quite fit into the gender roles given to them by society (or for those who outright reject them). The personal interviews give great insight into the myths and greater truths for each chapter, as does the work that is given for each.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great book... 28 Dec. 2012
By Eleth - Published on
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I gave it a 5-star rating because I can't give it an 11 out of 10 rating. As with his other books, Raven includes real-life examples from real people, and if there's a slight bit of fantasy thrown in, it's related and probably being done or been done by the people involved. This was the first book of his I'd ever read, and I'd quickly order several others in quick succession afterward.

This book includes work, real work to do. If you just got it for the essays and information, fine. It does include real work that may or may not be something you're ready for. I know that at this stage in my life, it affirmed a LOT of things for me, but I know that at any stage before this, my own dysphoria would have been triggered quite badly and things would not have gone well for me after reading it, or doing the exercises. Keep in mind, of course, that I'm living my life with the intent to never "transition" anything. It's a harder life, to learn to love yourself and the parts of your body you really don't want, while desperately wishing for the "right" ones. but as he says in the book; if your body matches someday, it doesn't automatically make you a happy, well-adjusted person, and it's NOT gonna fix your relationships or your self-esteem. That happens with work, not with some drugs or some surgeries.

Harsh truth, I know. Could I handle that in the beginning? No, but I knew it anyway and I had a decision to make; do I go with my heart and soul, or with the pressures of society that say I must be this, or that, to "really" be what I "claim." I chose ME over anything else.

There is a lot of good info in here for people who are transitioning, or for people who aren't, and for those of us born with our bodies in-between already, and who, for whatever reason, either don't, won't, or can't do anything about it. I for one, was born intersexed, but didn't know it until after puberty. Around puberty, I just thought I was a freak girl who didn't feel like a girl, and grew a beard. It doesn't change the fact that I'm a third gender chimera, woman-raised "other" man, and polyamorous husband. It doesn't change the fact that I bleed, but am otherwise sterile; that I have a vag and can't use it, and that I have a d*ck that, at least physically, is too small to do a whole lot. But this is MY body. I respect it, and won't do anything to harm it anymore. I've spent too many years killing myself through neglect, dissociation, and not getting the right help for other health issues all because doctors think I'm a "freak" and won't treat me for a simple COLD just because I have breasts and facial hair.

This book, while it won't give you ALL the answers (they don't exist, anyway), it can give you a d*mned good start.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is amazing! 8 April 2013
By Aidan - Published on
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This is the best book about paganism and deity that I have ever read! Whether or not your intersexed, transgender, cis or somewhere in between this book has something for you. It has some very unique myths about transgender deities that are unavailable anywhere else. It's intelligent, interesting, spiritual, and well-thought out. Seriously, get this book.
An Amazing Read 10 Feb. 2015
By Chimera House - Published on
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As both a pagan and transgender person, I personally felt this book deserved more than 5 stars if I could give it that. This book was amazing read on many levels. this book was a very nice read.

The book includes a number stories about deities, mythological figures, and people who once lived who, at the vary least, messed with gender boundaries if not more than that. Deities who cross-dressed or were not strictly male nor female, people of days-gone-by who were or became other than strictly male or female for spiritual purposes, etc. Reading this book for that alone was an eye opening experience. Before reading this book, I knew of Hermaphroditus and Baphomet, and had been honoring Hermaphroditus for some time as a deity who might understand what it was like to be non-binary. However, I had yet to learn about the stories I learned about Dionysus, and had never thought of how Athena did not strictly fit a feminine role.

The usefulness and insightful nature of this book goes beyond this though. The book contains many questions the reader can contemplate over. More over, the book has rituals and activities one might want to take part in. This book certainly gave me any things to think about, and other things I wish to try out.

This book was the first book I have ever come across which gives people who are not strictly masculine and not strictly feminine their own “gender mysteries” to embrace. It also was the first which gave thoughts on how one’s gender identity and spirituality can merge and interact. I loved this book, and warmly recommend this book to those who might find its topic to their liking.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Everyone should read this 31 Jan. 2013
By Willemina - Published on
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Whether you're trans-identified or cisgendered this book will greatly benefit your practice. It offers insight into a spiritual realm that isn't often touched upon.
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