Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An ethnohistorical survey of heteronormativity and nonheteronormativity: The role of etiological myths in the construction of gender and sexuality in Bronze Age Mesopotamia
by Ortega, Christopher E., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 152; 10014969
Abstract (Summary)

While ethnohistory has been extensively employed by historical anthropologists in tracing cultural changes among various indigenous peoples at the time of European contact, it has been largely ignored by anthropologists of the ancient Near East. Traditional historians were largely concerned with historical people, places, and events, not with ethnographically describing a culture. Using two case studies, this thesis will demonstrate the value of ethnohistorical methods to areas of study where such methods have largely been ignored, namely gender and sexuality studies, religious studies, and ANE studies. The first case study examines how gender was socially constructed in the case of high class celibate nadi?tum “nuns” in Old Babylonian period Sippar. The second case study examines third-gender categories and non-heteronormative sexuality in Inanna's cultus. The role of etiological myths in the construction of gender and sexuality will be of particular interest in both case studies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wilson, R. S.
Commitee: Scott, George, Stewart, David
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Ancient history, Gender studies
Keywords: Ancient near east, Ethnohistory, Heteronormativity, Historical anthropology, Non-heteronormativity, Religious studies
Publication Number: 10014969
ISBN: 978-1-339-48897-4
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