India series .. Hijra

March 13, 2019 - Comment

India series .. Hijra Image by Nick Kenrick. The hijras are officially recognized as third gender by some governments, being considered neither completely male nor female. Hijras have a recorded history in the Indian subcontinent from antiquity onwards as suggested by the Kama Sutra period. This history features a number of well-known roles within subcontinental

India series .. Hijra
survival in hindi
Image by Nick Kenrick.
The hijras are officially recognized as third gender by some governments, being considered neither completely male nor female.

Hijras have a recorded history in the Indian subcontinent from antiquity onwards as suggested by the Kama Sutra period.

This history features a number of well-known roles within subcontinental cultures, part gender-liminal, part spiritual and part survival.

Many hijras live in well-defined and organised all-hijra communities, led by a guru. These communities have sustained themselves over generations by "adopting" boys who are in abject poverty, rejected by, or flee, their family of origin.Many work as sex workers for survival.

The word "hijra" is a Hindi-Urdu word, derived from the Semitic Arabic root hjr in its sense of "leaving one’s tribe".

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