Hijra’s Customs As Elucidated In A.Revathi’s The Truth About Me
Keywords:Hijra community, customs, practices, chelas, jamaat, post-nirvaanam, 40 days tradition, united, strict followers
This article entitled “Hijra’s Customs As Elucidated In A.Revathi’s‘The Truth About Me’””attempts to highlight the habitual practises (customs) of the hijra community.
Hijra is a term, used to refer a person whose birth sex is male but later identified to be female (trans-women). They usually live in well-defined and organised communities led by a guru. The author, A.Revathi is a Bengaluru-based, trans-woman, writer and activist whose debut book was in Tamil, Unarvum Uruvamum (2004). Following this, Revathi decided to write her own experiences and published her second book, The Truth about Me: A Hijra Life Story (2010). This book is a courageous and touching autobiography of a hijra where the author records the customs of their hijra community, giving special attention to the post-nirvaanam customs strictly practised for 40 days after castration.