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 Devdutt Pattanaik

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ISBN-13: 9781560231813
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/04/2001
Series: Gay and Lesbian Studies
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction: Placing Stories in Context1
Universality of Queer Narratives1
Differences in Queer Narratives2
Hindu versus Biblical Paradigm4
Structured Society Within Fluid Philosophy5
The Hindu Way of Life6
Hindu Response to Queer Sexuality8
Adoption of the Colonial Discourse10
The Third Sex and Gender in India10
An Ancient Legacy12
What About the Women?13
Representation in Narratives15
Interpretation of Narratives16
Structure and Aim of the Book17
Chapter 1.Women Who Become Men19
Bhisma: The Son Who Swore Celibacy21
Avikshita: The Prince Who Believed He Was a Woman22
Amba's Quest for Manhood23
Children of the Man with Queer Virility25
Shikhandini Gets a Male Body26
The Raja's Daughter Who Became His Son28
The Girls Who Got Married29
The Inseparable Girls31
Man Who Was a Woman33
The Woman Who Became a Man and Then a Woman35
Sariputra's Sex Change38
Malli Who Became Malli-Natha39
Chapter 2.Pregnant Kings41
Bhangashvana: The Man Who Was Father and Mother41
Somavat: The Male Wife43
Son of a Eunuch44
The Forest Where Men Became Women45
The Dawn-God Becomes a Woman49
Riksharaja's Dip into Womanhood49
Narada Becomes a Woman51
Yuvanashva: The Pregnant King54
Ravana's Pregnancy56
Shiva Gives Birth to Shukra57
Kavya Gives Birth to Kacha58
Birth of Kartikeya61
Kartikeya Turns Away from Women63
Chapter 3.Cross-Dressing Tricksters65
Mohini Tricks Bhasma66
Mohini Fools the Asuras68
Mohini Kills Virochana71
Mohini Enchants the Sages71
Vishnu Arouses Shiva72
Death of Adi73
The Son of Shiva and Vishnu75
Kali Becomes Krishna77
Shiva, the Milkmaid78
Krishna Wears Radha's Clothes81
Krishna Kills Araka83
Krishna and Arjuna As Mother and Daughter84
Ghatotkacha in Women's Clothes84
Bhima in Women's Clothes85
Santoshi and Her Brother86
Krishna Becomes Aravan's Wife87
Samba's Pregnancy88
Ravana's Harem91
Past Lives of the Milkmaids92
Chapter 4.Castrated Men and Women95
Brihanalla: The Eunuch Dancer95
Urvashi Castrates Arjuna98
Bahuchara Emasculates Her Husband99
Bahuchara Cuts Her Breasts101
Kannagi Plucks Out Her Breast102
Shiva Castrates Himself103
Sages Castrate Shiva104
Indra Loses His Manhood105
Laxmana Mutilates Surpanakha106
Emasculation of Jamadagni's Sons107
Chelliamman's Female Companion109
The Man Who Had Never Seen a Woman111
Chapter 5.Neither This nor That113
Narasimha113
Creation of Ganesha115
Two Queens Conceive a Child116
Ganesha Remains Single118
The Separation of the Three Worlds120
Rama's Return121
Purusha Splits into Two122
Brahma Sees the Half-Woman God123
Shiva Makes Parvati His Left Half125
Shiva Fuses with Parvati125
Shiva Cursed to Become an Androgyne128
Bhrungi Tries to Separate the Androgyne128
Shiva-Linga129
The Prince Who Married His Left Half130
Afterword133
Notes135
Glossary141
Bibliography153
Index157

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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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