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Hijras, the third sex Isabell Zipfel

Hijras, the third sex

Isabell Zipfel

Published October 10th 2012
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43 pages
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eBook with 34 photographs to be viewed in the landscape mode.The Hijras are noisy and garish, an air of the notorious surrounds them as they walk through the streets. People shrink back when they pass. They are ridiculed and scorned, yet people areMoreeBook with 34 photographs to be viewed in the landscape mode.The Hijras are noisy and garish, an air of the notorious surrounds them as they walk through the streets. People shrink back when they pass. They are ridiculed and scorned, yet people are wary of incurring their wrath. They are stigmatized as social outcasts, yet fear of their curse inspires caution. For despite their humble status on the lowest rung of the Indian caste system, they wield a mighty cultic power– and in this they are worldwide unique. They are creatures of the twilight, womanly souls in men’s bodies, neither male nor female. According to Hindu mythology, they have the power to bless and to curse, to bestow fertility or deny it. They challenge the traditional dichotomy of gender – for they are the third sex.