The Man Who Was a Woman and Other Queer Tales from Hindu Lore

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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 ...
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The Man Who Was a Woman and Other Queer Tales from Hindu Lore

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Overview


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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Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty
AN IDEAL TEXT for courses on gender and queer studies; STUDENTS WILL LOVE IT. . . . Retells all my very favorite stories of sexual ambiguity in a readable, easily accessible way. No heavy doses of theory get in the way of the stories . . . a light dusting of queer theory brings the book into line with other, more ponderous works.(Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty, Author, Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook, Translated from the Sanskrit; The Rig Veda: An Anthology; and Women, Androgynes, and Other Mythical Beasts)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560231813
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/4/2001
  • Series: Gay and Lesbian Studies
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Placing Stories in Context 1
Universality of Queer Narratives 1
Differences in Queer Narratives 2
Hindu versus Biblical Paradigm 4
Structured Society Within Fluid Philosophy 5
The Hindu Way of Life 6
Hindu Response to Queer Sexuality 8
Adoption of the Colonial Discourse 10
The Third Sex and Gender in India 10
An Ancient Legacy 12
What About the Women? 13
Representation in Narratives 15
Interpretation of Narratives 16
Structure and Aim of the Book 17
Ch. 1 Women Who Become Men 19
Bhisma: The Son Who Swore Celibacy 21
Avikshita: The Prince Who Believed He Was a Woman 22
Amba's Quest for Manhood 23
Children of the Man with Queer Virility 25
Shikhandini Gets a Male Body 26
The Raja'a Daughter Who Became His Son 28
The Girls Who Got Married 29
The Inseparable Girls 31
Man Who Was a Woman 33
The Women Who Became a Man and Then a Woman 35
Sariputra's Sex Change 38
Malli Who Became Malli-Natha 39
Ch. 2 Pregnant Kings 41
Bhangashvana: The Man Who Was Father and Mother 41
Somavat: The Male Wife 43
Son of a Eunuch 44
The Forest Where Men Became Women 45
The Dawn-God Becomes a Woman 49
Riksharaja's Dip into Womanhood 49
Narada Becomes a Woman 51
Yuvanashva: The Pregnant King 54
Ravana's Pregnancy 56
Shiva Gives Birth to Shukra 57
Kavya Gives Birth to Kacha 58
Birth of Kartikeya 61
Kartikeya Turns Away from Women 63
Ch. 3 Cross-Dressing Tricksters 65
Mohini Tricks Bhasma 66
Mohini Fools the Asuras 68
Mohini Kills Virochana 71
Mohini Enchants the Sages 71
Vishnu Arouses Shiva 72
Death of Adi 73
The Son of Shiva and Vishnu 75
Kali Becomes Krishna 77
Shiva, the Milkmaid 78
Krishna Wears Radha's Clothes 81
Krishna Kills Araka 83
Krishna and Arjuna As Mother and Daughter 84
Ghatotkacha in Women's Clothes 84
Bhima in Women's Clothes 85
Santoshi and Her Brother 86
Krishna Becomes Aravan's Wife 87
Samba's Pregnancy 88
Ravana's Harem 91
Past Lives of the Milkmaids 92
Ch. 4 Castrated Men and Women 95
Brihanalla: The Eunuch Dancer 95
Urvashi Castrates Arjuna 98
Bahuchara Emasculates Her Husband 99
Bahuchara Cuts Her Breasts 101
Kannagi Plucks Out Her Breast 102
Shiva Castrates Himself 103
Sages Castrate Shiva 104
Indra Loses His Manhood 105
Laxmana Mutilates Surpanakha 106
Emasculation of Jamadagni's Sons 107
Chelliamman's Female Companion 109
The Man Who Had Never Seen a Woman 111
Ch. 5 Neither This nor That 113
Narasimha 113
Creation of Ganesha 115
Two Queens Conceive a Child 116
Ganesha Remains Single 118
The Separation of the Three Worlds 120
Rama's Return 121
Purusha Splits into Two 122
Brahma Sees the Half-Woman God 123
Shiva Makes Parvati His Left Half 125
Shiva Fuses with Parvati 125
Shiva Cursed to Become an Androgyne 128
Bhrungi Tries to Separate the Androgyne 128
Shiva-Linga 129
The Prince Who Married His Left Half 130
Afterword 133
Notes 135
Glossary 141
Bibliography 153
Index 157
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