ABSTRACT This study deals with
, transgendering men in Hausaland, WestAfrica. The focus is on their role in Hausa society and more precicely in
cult which is an old spirit possession cult.
have mostlybeen mentionned in footnotes and margins and often their position isdefined through different terms of sexuality –
have beencategorised as homosexuals or transvestites.In this study
sexuality is seen as secondary trait; moreimportant is their gender variation and productive specialisation. Still thisstudy considers largely sexuality in order to understand that sexualcategories (for example homo- and heterosexual) are not universally validconsepts.The role of
is studied as a part of the hausa society butalso as an individual choice. This is an attempt to bring the question of self into antropological discussion. Theorethical base is found inpostructuralism.
cult is studied beside
. It is one context where
live and work. Special focus is put on the claim that the bori cult is amarginal cult for marginal people, such as
s are women that have often been compared to courtesans and theyare closely associated with
. Keywords: yan daudu, bori cult, sexuality, homosexuality, gender, thirdgender, marginality, Karuwai,