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Monsoon of Death
Monsoon of Death
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Kaushik Ghosh

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Worship with fire
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Worship with fire
Description: As the Koothandavar (god Aravan) ceremonial procession approaches, transgenders set alight heaps of camphor. Devotees immediately pounce upon the still-burning camphor, dousing the flames, grabbing as much as each can to take back home to share with family and friends. This camphor is regarded as 'prasad,' consecrated remains of a religious ceremony. The lady in the pink sari (extreme right) is smiling as she grabs a flaming chunk in her hand.
Keywords: India, Tamil, Nadu, transgender, transsexual, third, gender, hijra, aravani, Koothandavar, Koovagam, festival, camphor, fire
Date: 12.08.2011 06:31
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Added by: Dev Gogoi

Object name: Transgenders
Keywords: transgender, aravani
Byline: Dev Gogoi
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Copyright Notice: (C)2010 Dev Gogoi, all rights reserved
Caption: Aravanis (transgenders)

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