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Oct 17 - Bombay Eunuch (Film; 2001).doc

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Department
Religious Studies
Course
RELG 356
Professor
Davesh Soneji
Semester
Fall

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Bombay Eunuch 2001Alexandra Shiva13 mill eunuchs in India some borncastratedconsidered to be divineneither malefemale somewhere in betweenmany beggarsprostitutes very poorstory of survivalNina 37 yo with eunuch family hedra community closed to outsidersdeepawith family for 11 yearsflat nothingness in place of sexual organs seen totally different human being paradigms discardedmost hidras raised as boys many undergo ritualized castrationtesticularpenile castrationvoluntary around 18 yearsreligious rolesingdance birth and weddings and offer blessingshijra blessing thought to bless many fear hijra cursenina very difficult lifeprostitution ostracized Kovai Silkalso hard life its okay to drink a little alcohol every day if it will help me to forget this kind of life im livingShobanagentle quiet beautiful goodheartedeunuch family relies on each other love support they do not have anywhere to go adopt daughtersMEENA has 15 will always have support of daughters when im an old lady there will be a daughter by my sidechain of motherdaughter relations taking care feeding massaging inheritance
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