Dance, Khajuraho

Dance, Khajuraho

Two hijras dancing in front of Khajuraho temples in Madhya Pradesh, India.

Hijras is a term used to refer to individuals in South Asia who are transsexual or transgender. Transgender people are also known as Aravani, Aruvani or Jagappa in other areas of India. It is a common misconception among South Asians that hijras are "only men who have feminine gender identity, adopt feminine gender roles and wear women’s clothing". In reality, the community is significantly more diverse.

In Pakistan, the hijras identify themselves as either female, male, or third gender. The term more commonly advocated by social workers and transgender community members themselves is ‘khwaaja sira’ (Urdu: خواجه سرا‎), and can identify the individual as a transsexual person, transgender person (khusras), cross-dresser (zenanas) or eunuch (narnbans).

Hijras have a recorded history in the Indian subcontinent, from antiquity, as suggested by the Kama Sutra period, onwards. This history features a number of well-known roles within subcontinental cultures, part gender-liminal, part spiritual, and part survival.

Since the late 20th century, some hijra activists and Western non-government organizations (NGOs) have lobbied for official recognition of the hijra as a kind of "third sex" or "third gender," as neither man nor woman. Hijras have successfully gained this recognition in Bangladesh and are eligible for priority in education. In India, the Supreme Court in April 2014 recognised hijra and transgender people as a ‘third gender’ in law. (wiki)

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Posted by Marji Lang Photography on 2014-10-15 05:09:50

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