Hijra, Lahore

Hijra, Lahore

In South Asian culture, a hijra or Eunuch is a person belonging to a group that is sometimes called "the third sex". They are also known as jogappas, jogtas, shiv-shaktis and aravanis, depending on the region where they live. Many Hijra choose to desribe themselves as being "neither man nor woman." (The term hijra in this context is to be distinguished from an Arabic word of the same transliteration.). "Hijra" itself means "hermaphrodite" in Urdu language. Hijra are also commonly known as "impotent ones".

Posted by Michael Foley Photography on 2008-08-24 11:20:38

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