Nonfiction. "Only a writer who is intimately familiar with the many thousands of Hindu legends could compile this book. Devdutt Pattanaik not only quotes the legends themselves, but also offers his own extensive commentary to place the stories in proper context. Hindu ideas of divine androgyny offer a basis for greater acceptance of gender diversity in the future" -Walter L. Williams, PhD, Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies, University of Southern California; Editor, International Gay and Lesbian Review.
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Contents Preface Acknowledgments Introduction: Placing Stories in Context Universality of Queer Narratives Differences in Queer Narratives Hindu versus Biblical Paradigm Structured Society Within Fluid Philosophy The Hindu Way of Life Hindu Response to Queer Sexuality Adoption of the Colonial Discourse The Third Sex and Gender in India An Ancient Legacy What About the Women Representation in Narratives Interpretation of Narratives Structure and Aim of the Book Chapter 1. Women Who Become Men Bhisma: The Son Who Swore Celibacy Avikshita: The Prince Who Believed He Was a Woman Amba's Quest for Manhood Children of the Man with Queer Virility Shikhandini Gets a Male Body The Raja's Daughter Who Became His Son The Girls Who Got Married The Inseparable Girls Man Who Was a Woman The Woman Who Became a Man and Then a Woman Sariputra's Sex Change Malli Who Became Malli-Natha Chapter 2. Pregnant Kings Bhangashvana: The Man Who Was Father and Mother Somavat: The Male Wife Son of a Eunuch The Forest Where Men Became Women The Dawn-God Becomes a Woman Riksharaja's Dip into Womanhood Narada Becomes a Woman Yuvanashva: The Pregnant King Ravana's Pregnancy Shiva Gives Birth to Shukra Kavya Gives Birth to Kacha Birth of Kartikeya Kartikeya Turns Away from Women Chapter 3. Cross-Dressing Tricksters Mohini Tricks Bhasma Mohini Fools the Asuras Mohini Kills Virochana Mohini Enchants the Sages Vishnu Arouses Shiva Death of Adi The Son of Shiva and Vishnu Kali Becomes Krishna Shiva, The Milkmaid Krishna Wears Radha's Clothes Krishna Kills Araka Krishna and Arjuna As Mother and Daughter Ghatotkacha in Women's Clothes Bhima in Women's Clothes Santoshi and Her Brother Krishna Becomes Aravan's Wife Samba's Pregnancy Ravana's Harem Past Lives of the Milkmaids Chapter 4. Castrated Men and Women Brihanalla: The Eunuch Dancer Urvashi Castrates Arjuna Bahuchara Emasculates Her Husband Bahuchara Cuts Her Breasts Kannagi Plucks Out Her Breast Shiva Castrates Himself Sages Castrate Shiva Indra Loses His Manhood Laxmana Mutilates Surpanakha Emasculation of Jamadagni's Sons Chelliamman's Female Companion The Man Who Had Never Seen a Woman Chapter 5. Neither This nor That Narasimha Creation of Ganesha Two Queens Conceive a Child Ganesha Remains Single The Separation of the Three Worlds Rama's Return Purusha Splits into Two Brahma Sees the Half-Woman God Shiva Makes Parvati His Left Half Shiva Fuses with Parvati Shiva Cursed to Become an Androgyne Bhrungi Tries to Separate the Androgyne Shiva-Linga The Prince Who Married His Left Half Afterword Notes Glossary Bibliography Index Reference Notes Included
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