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Shikhandi And Other Tales They Don't Tell You

Shikhandi And Other Tales They Don't Tell You

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Language English
Binding Paperback
Publisher Penguin Books Limited
Patriarchy asserts that men are superior to women, feminism clarifies that women and men are equal, and queerness questions what constitutes male and female. One of the few people to talk frankly and sensitively about queerness and religion, celebrated Indian mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik explains that queerness isnt only modern, Western, or sexual. Rather, by looking at the vast written and oral traditions of Hinduism, he finds many overlooked tales with queerness at their center, some over two thousand years old. Theres Shikhandi, who became a man to satisfy her wife Mahadeva, who became a woman to deliver her devotees child Chudala, who became a man to enlighten her husband Samavan, who became the wife of his male friend-and many, many more. In Shikhandi, and Other Tales They Dont Tell You, Pattanaik recounts these stories and explores the importance of mythologies in understanding the modern Indian mindset. Playful, touching, and sometimes disturbing, when Shikhandis stories are co ... See more
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