In indian culture transgenders, called Hijras, belong to the so-called "third sex", neither man nor woman.
Hijras have an ancient history dating back to the seventh century before Christ.
As an offering to the Goddess Kali, they undergo the ritual emasculation, carried out in secret because illegal, and without anesthesia, by the Thaaiamma, a kind of sacred midwife.
Through this surgery Hijras renounce a specific gender, as the male organ is cut off and in its place is not made no reconstruction of the female organ, as is normal in modern surgery.
This is the reason why they are called "non-gender specific", "third sex" or "shemales".
Traditionally considered sacred beings because daughters and priestesses of Kali Matha, in reality the Hijras live like outcasts, even at a lower level to the caste of Pariah, and to survive the majority of them is forced to beg and prostitute.
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