A hijra is someone assigned male at birth who dedicates their life to a goddess, lives as women and is sexually engaged with men. Typically, hijras engage in some aspects of medical transitioning, such as genital removal. Hijras have an interesting identity as they borrow from Hindu traditions but consider themselves to be Muslim. The origin of hijra involves a goddess; they make offerings to this goddess, which is called puja, and wear special green clothing on certain occasions to commemorate her.
Title: Queer Religiosities: An Introduction to Queer and Transgender Studies in Religion
Author: Melissa M. Wilcox
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