purity

purity is a theological conception that the Puritan society used to exemplify the holy essence of social order (Bronski, 12). 

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berdache

Berdache is an incorrect name used by the French explorers and referred to indigenous men and women that behaved and dressed like the opposite sex.  However, these “third sex” roles were widely respected amongst their own indigenous community, and often times implied an elevated, respected, and religious positions within their culture, such as shamans (Bronski, 3).