Tuesday, June 28, 2016

LGBT themes in Hindu mythology

Shiva in the form of Sambashiva, his half-male, half-female, Ardhanaareeshwara form. dollsofindia.com

"LGBT themes in Hindu mythology involve Hindu deities or heroes whose attributes or behavior can be interpreted as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), or as having elements of gender variance and non-heterosexual sexuality. Traditional Hindu literary sources do not speak of homosexuality directly,[1] but changes of sex, homoerotic encounters, and intersex or third gender characters are often found both in traditional religious narratives such as the Vedas, Mahabharata, Ramayana and Puranas as well as in regional folklore." LGBT themes in Hindu mythology-- Wikipedia