The newspapers seem to have nothing other than article 377 and Michael Jackson. I’m sure many would not know what it is and many others would not bother about it. Actually it is a part of Hindu Metaphysics. Look at our temples or sacred lore’s. Various erotica and sexual deviation are placed plausibility and as a matter of fact with no judgements made or glamorization made either. The deviants become an issue only to the Macaulay’s educated values. Talking about the sacred lores. An extramarital affair between the moon God Chandra and Tara the wife of the Divine teacher Brihaspati results in the conception of Budha. Who is cursed by Brihaspati to become a “Napunsaka” he with his lover Ila give rise to the Chandra vamsha. Lord Shiva takes a dip in Yamuna to become a woman so that he could perform the rasaleela with Krishna, giving rise to an entire tribe of Gopeshwaras. Aravana the son of Arjuna and his serpent wife Uloopi, was to be sacrificed before the war of Kurukshetra to ensure the victory of the pandava’s. his only wish was to experience marital bliss before death, and no woman was willing to volunteer, ss Krishna took his feminine form of Mohini and even bemoaned Aravana like a widow after the sacrifice. Talking of Mohini, the female form of Vishnu, he with shiva produced the famous Hariharaputra—Ayyappa. Ramayana talks of two rakshasis in Ravana’s palace making love which results in the birth of a boneless child. Narada had to take a dip in the Bahuchari pond to become a woman to understand Maya. Amba transformed herself to a male shikandi to kill Bhishma, Tales are many, but the fact is the Indian metaphysics accepts the existence of a sexless soul so the presence of male and female traits within a Kaya becomes acceptable. Every era redefines its social order. The Mahabharata talks of an era where women choose their sexual partner. This was independent of marriage. The change of order came with Shvetaketu and his institutionalization of marriage.

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