Cross-dressing & homosexuality in ancient India: Watch how it was always a part of our culture
If you thought people in ancient India viewed gender and sexuality with rigidity, then tales from Hindu mythology will prove you wrong.
Stories from ancient India show that time and again Hindu gods and goddess’ transformed into male and female avatars for various reasons.
You must be aware of the androgynous Shiva-Shakti avatar. So, why is the issue of cross-dressing such a big deal in modern India?
In the Krittivasi Ramayan, there is a story of two women making love to each other in the absence of their husband and produce a child without bones. So, since when did homosexuality become ‘problematic’ in our country?
This video by Epified, illustrates some of the popular gender related stories from the Mahabharata and Ramayana. It also brings forth an interesting perspective of how sexuality and gender were viewed in ancient India, leaving you with the thought ‘if taboo is an Indian idea’?