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Gender Fluidity in Hindu Mythology

Gender Fluidity in Hindu Mythology

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Devdutt Pattanaik
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In devotional literature, gods take female forms all the time. Sometimes to serve as ‘go-betweens’ to bring lovers together, sometimes to stand in for a missing wife, and sometimes to nurse a sick devotee.

Not all queer stories are sexual but they do challenge notions of gender. This queering, which is unique to India’s devotional tradition, is worth examining to see how natural queerness was viewed by gods like Vishnu and Shiva.

Read on as Devdutt Pattanaik examines a few of the most interesting instances of queerness in Gender Fluidity in Hindu Mythology.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Sep/2018

Length : 16 Pages

MRP : ₹15.00

Gender Fluidity in Hindu Mythology

(Penguin Petit)

Devdutt Pattanaik

In devotional literature, gods take female forms all the time. Sometimes to serve as ‘go-betweens’ to bring lovers together, sometimes to stand in for a missing wife, and sometimes to nurse a sick devotee.

Not all queer stories are sexual but they do challenge notions of gender. This queering, which is unique to India’s devotional tradition, is worth examining to see how natural queerness was viewed by gods like Vishnu and Shiva.

Read on as Devdutt Pattanaik examines a few of the most interesting instances of queerness in Gender Fluidity in Hindu Mythology.

Select Preferred Format

Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik is the author of over 25 books and over 500 articles on the relevance of mythology in modern times. He worked in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries for 15 years before devoting all his time to his passion for decoding beliefs of all cultures, modern and ancient, located beneath the veneer of rationality. Extremely knowledgeable and exceptionally insightful, Pattanaik also boasts of the added skill of simplifying his mythological accounts into delightful reads that engage young readers. He is the master storyteller of the very popular Fun in Devlok series and Pashu

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