Re: Nandani

From: Madeleine Eid <>
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 22:50:32 +0100

> Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 09:59:35 -0500
> From: Andrew Larsen <>
> Subject: Re: Nandani
> > From: Julian Lord <>
> > Subject: Nandan
> I agree heartily with what you say about Nandani. They are men (not
> magical transexuals) who function culturally as women. I believe there is a
> class of men in India who have similar status.

They are, as I recall, eunuchs in the Arabian Nights/Chinese court sense (rather than as a consequence of a medical condition). They are usually prostitutes, and are (I think) classed as Untouchables, although they are considered good luck and fertility bringers at weddings. Their numbers are declining; if I recall correctly, they were formerly attached to a cult or to a court (can't remember exactly which one) - modern 'recruits' are usually transexuals obtaining the money for the next stage of the procedure; the older members of the group did originally have a religious or ceremonial function.

Maddy E

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