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Love and Gender, According to the Hindu Epics

Now that the Supreme Court has restored the 19th-century ban on homosexuality, when all the arguments are done, when we Indians have heard everything about freedom over our bodies and homosexuality being a Western import and the right to privacy and more, maybe it’s time to remember our traditions. Perhaps there are lessons there about homosexuality too.

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20th December 2013 11:58

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

The gender ambiguity is itself an ancient tradition that says things about how casually we once viewed these themes. In a Tamil Nadu temple, for example, it is Shiva who is worshipped as a woman: a mother who comes to help a daughter in need. In this form, he is called Tayumanavar (“He who became a mother too”). Read more