What is Hijra? – Conclusion

What is Hijra? – Conclusion The hijras number three billion people, making up a significant portion of India’s population. It’s a frequent misconception that all hijras are hermaphrodites. However, studies have shown that only a small percentage of the hijra population is born intersexed. Others could be anatomical guys who do not reach puberty and […]

What is Hijra? – Depiction of the Third Gender in Indian Films and Literature

Movies have the potential to be a strong medium for social change or, at the very least, to allow the general public to reflect on a particular issue or topic. Unfortunately, most Indian films, particularly commercial Hindi films, tend to caricature and further debase individuals who are already subjected to daily mortification ordeals. The Hijra […]

What is Hijra? – The Nirvan or Emasculation Ceremony: A Rite of Passage

The Nirvan, or ancient castration ceremonies to convert a previous male into a hijra, was the most terrifying aspect of the hijras’ lives that I learned about. Due to superstitions and financial restraints, the hijras of India rarely undergo advanced sex reassignment surgery for the removal of penises and the building of vagina and labia, […]

What is Hijra? – Hijra Femininity

Despite the fact that hijras are classified as neither men nor women, they identify solely with the female gender. They are very proud of their femininity and enjoy dressing up in sarees, salwar-kameez (a long Indian shirt worn with baggy pants,) and western clothing. They wear traditional Indian female adornments such as earrings, necklaces, bangles, […]

What is Hijra? – Hijras Organize into Jamat

 Every human clan is separated along community lines in order to function successfully and keep anarchy at bay. The hijras are no exception. The majority of them live in jamats (Urdu for “gathering of elders”) and function as economic and social units. The guru, or teacher, is the leader of the jamat. On a […]

What is Hijra? – Jogappas parading on streets, in female clothes

When foreign visitors, such as me, visit Karnataka, they usually only see Bangalore, Coorg, Mysore, the erstwhile capital of Karnataka, Belur, and Helebid, all of which are located in the Hassan district of Karnataka, and then leave. Mandya, Karvar, Shimoga, Kolar, and other areas are frequently overlooked. However, I decided to include Belgaum and Bellary […]

What is Hijra? – My First Encounter with Hijras (2)

I continued my trip and traveled to the southern states of Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. My first destination in South India was Bangalore, Karnataka’s cosmopolitan and urbane capital. Bangalore—Silicon India’s Valley—appeared to be one of the most sophisticated cities in the country, with its pub culture, large immigrant population, and IT companies. It was […]

What is Hijra? – My First Encounter with Hijras

I went to North India a few of years ago. It was my second visit to Rajasthan, which translates as “Land of the Kings,” and was a pleasant one. The region lived up to its moniker, as it was regarded as exotic both by the locals and by visitors from other countries. When I was […]

Abducted into the Third Gender – 180 Degrees Turn

Title: Abducted into the Third Gender Subtitle: 180 Degrees Turn Series: Hijra, The Third Gender Author: Yulia Yu. Sakurazawa Gender Swap Type: MTF [Introduction] The main character is a big cheese star son abducted for ransom. Instead of shelling down the money, his father intimates the police. The criminal mafia has its own way of […]

Genderless Exile – Forced into the Third Gender

“Genderless Exile” is one of the stories of “Hijra, the Third Gender” series. The story traces the life of Pankaj (later called as “Nina”) between 12 and 24 years approximately. Pankaj was the only son of a navy captain who is from a wealthy family. His mother dies of illness when he was 11, and […]