ISBN 9789383074846,Shikhandi : And Other Tales They don't Tell You

Shikhandi : And Other Tales They don't Tell You


Penguin Books



Penguin Books

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789383074846

ISBN-10 9383074841


Number of Pages 288 Pages
Language (English)

Religious festivals

Patriarchy asserts men are superior to women
Feminism clarifies women and men are equal
Queerness questions what constitutes male and female
Queerness isnt only modern, Western or sexual, says mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik. Take a close look at the vast written and oral traditions in Hinduism, some over two thousand years old, and you will find many overlooked tales, such as those of Shikhandi, who became a man to satisfy her wife; Mahadeva, who became a woman to deliver his devotees child; Chudala, who became a man to enlighten her husband; Samavan, who became the wife of his male friend; and many more . . .
Playful and touching - and sometimes disturbing - these stories when compared with their Mesopotamian, Greek, Chinese and Biblical counterparts, reveal the unique Indian way of making sense of queerness.