WIKI and other sites define Hijra as eunuchs, intersex people and transgender people. Making HIJRAS sound as if they are rare, unique and mystical.

The hijra community in India prefer to call themselves Kinnar or Kinner, referring to the mythological beings that excel at song and dance.

In Pakistan, they are called Khawaja Sira, the equivalent of transgender in the Urdu language

Hijras are officially recognised as third gender in the Indian subcontinent being considered neither completely male nor female. Hijras have a recorded history in the Indian subcontinent since antiquity, as suggested by the Kama Sutra.

Many live in well-defined and organised all-hijra communities, led by a guru. These communities have consisted over generations of those who are in abject poverty or who have been rejected by or fled their family of origin. Many work as sex workers for survival.

IMHO… the HIJRA as defined by many is over exaggerated.

Ive met many in my travels and they are men who crossdress…..

some are trans and if they can afford the surgery get it though most are very poor and beg for a living.


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Posted by Glenn Losack M.D. on 2021-07-11 19:28:03

Tagged: , dhaka , Bangladesh , HIJRA , hidjra , transgender , crossdressers , beggars , glenn , losack , STREETPHOTOGRAPHER , STREETPHOTOGRAPHY , PHOTOJOURNALISM , glennlosack

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