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Yan Daudu

Yan Daudu

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Concept that came up frequently in my search on history of Hausa Maguzawa.
Concept that came up frequently in my search on history of Hausa Maguzawa.

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Yan Daudu
  
A Study of Transgendering Men inHausaland West Africa
        
By Maarit Sinikangas
            
A Master Thesis in Cultural AnthropologyDepartment of Cultural anthropology and EthnologyUPPSALA UNIVERSITYMay 2004
 
 
 
     
 Yan Daudu
  
A Study of Transgendering Men inHausaland West Africa
         
By Maarit Sinikangas
                
A Master Thesis in Cultural AnthropologyDepartment of Cultural anthropology and EthnologyUPPSALA UNIVERSITYSupervisor: Sten HagbergMay 2004
 
 
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ABSTRACT This study deals with
yan daudu
, transgendering men in Hausaland, WestAfrica. The focus is on their role in Hausa society and more precicely in
bori
cult which is an old spirit possession cult.
Yan daudu
have mostlybeen mentionned in footnotes and margins and often their position isdefined through different terms of sexuality –
yan daudu
have beencategorised as homosexuals or transvestites.In this study
yan daudu's
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 
yan daudu
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. 
Bori
cult is studied beside
yan daudu
. It is one context where
yandaudu
live and work. Special focus is put on the claim that the bori cult is amarginal cult for marginal people, such as
yan daudu
and
karuwai.
 
Karuwai
s are women that have often been compared to courtesans and theyare closely associated with
yan daudu
.         Keywords: yan daudu, bori cult, sexuality, homosexuality, gender, thirdgender,  marginality, Karuwai,

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