Boys don’t cry, right? But the gala of Ancient Sumer did. In fact, they used a special dialect reserved for women to present as females when they sang lamentations in the temple. Could this be the oldest transgender tradition in history?
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Podcast theme music mixed from “Gregorian Chant”, “Mystery Sax”, and “There It Is” by Kevin MacLeod. Short Shorts theme music mixed from “Gregorian Chant” by Kevin MacLeod and “Short Shorts” by the Royal Teens.
“Lamentation” by Kevin MacLeod. Youtube.
“Speakeasy – Music of the Roaring 20s” by Prof. Davis. Youtube.
Statuette of Two Gala Priests from Wikipedia
Transgender Pride Flag from Wikipedia