Hijṛās
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Hijṛās are defined in India as neither man nor woman, an alternative gender role that largely derives its power and meaning from Hinduism. Hijṛās are born males or, less commonly, hermaphrodites, who become hijṛās by adopting women’s clothing and behavi…

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Serena Nanda, “Hijṛās”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 26 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_9000000015>
First published online: 2012



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