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Puang Matoa Saidi, The Legendary Of Bugis Priest

2022-10-04 | 11.19 WIB Last Updated 2022-10-04T04:19:38Z

Jakarta (WartaMerdeka) – Recently, the world of education was shocked, with a new student, who said he was non-binary (non-gender), as woell as the famous Putri Artist and Host, Nadya Hutagalung, explicitly admitting the same thing.

In the Nusantara itself, some cultures have already recognized the third gender, even up to the fourth or fifth gender, and this actually makes it a local wisdom of this nation.

One of them is Bugis Culture, which recognizes the Bissu group, which is a non-gender priest.  Within Bugis society itself, Bissu take on the gender roles of male and female and act as a link between the human world and the world of the gods.

The Bugis are known to have 5 genders, namely:

 • Oroane (male)
 • Makunrai (female)
 • Calalai (women who look like men)
 • Calabai (men who look like women)
 • And the Bissu

Gender is regulated in different ways among different cultures.  Some cultures have more than two genders and people can traverse freely between the male and female genders.  This is seen as a connection between the spirit or soul with the physical world. (FMawero)

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