The Man Who Was a Woman and Other Queer Tales from Hindu Lore by John Dececco, Phd, Devdutt Pattanaik |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Man Who Was a Woman and Other Queer Tales from Hindu Lore

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

by John Dececco, Phd, Devdutt Pattanaik
     
 

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A god transforms into a nymph and enchants another god.

A king becomes pregnant.

A prince discovers on his wedding night that he is not a man.

Another king has children who call him both father and mother. A hero turns into a eunuch and wears female apparel. A princess has to turn into a man before she can avenge her humiliation. Widows of a

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A god transforms into a nymph and enchants another god.

A king becomes pregnant.

A prince discovers on his wedding night that he is not a man.

Another king has children who call him both father and mother. A hero turns into a eunuch and wears female apparel. A princess has to turn into a man before she can avenge her humiliation. Widows of a king make love to conceive his child. Friends of the same sex end up marrying each other after one of them metamorphoses into a woman.

These are some of the tales from Hindu lore that this unique book examines. The Man Who Was a Woman and Other Queer Tales from Hindu Lore is a compilation of traditional Hindu stories with a common thread: sexual transformation and gender metamorphosis.

In addition to the thought-provoking stories in The Man Who Was a Woman and Other Queer Tales from Hindu Lore, you'll also find:

  • an examination of the universality of queer narratives with examples from Greek lore and Irish folklore
  • a comparison of the Hindu paradigm to the biblical paradigm
  • a look at how Hindu society and Hindu scripture responds to queer sexuality
  • a discussion of the Hijras, popularly believed to be the “third gender” in India—their probable origin, and how they fit into Hindu society
With the telling of each of these tales, you will also learn how the author came upon each of them and how they relate to the context of dominant Hindu attitudes toward sex, gender, pleasure, fertility, and celibacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560231806
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Gay and Lesbian Studies
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are saying about this

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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