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Title: Identità imperfette. Gli hijra nella letteratura hindi
Authors: Cossio, Cecilia
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Padova, Editoriale Programma
Abstract: The hijras are ideally a religious community who worship the goddess Bahuchara Mata (a form of the Moher Goddess). In connection with this cult, they undergo an operation of emasculation, called nirvan, which is believed to confer the power of garanting fertility. This article goes back over the history and tradition of the hijras and considers their portrayal in two Hindi short stories: "Aurat na hone ka dard" (The pain of not being a woman), by Rambabu Nirav, and "Lavaris ke varis" (The Heirs of the Heirless), by Anita Rakesh
Appears in Collections:Annali di Ca' Foscari. Serie orientale

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