Submissions/LGBTI diversity in Hinduism
After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2014 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this August.
- Submission no. 9028
- Title of the submission
- LGBTI DIVERSITY IN HINDUISM
- Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
- Author of the submission
- Sourendra Kumar Das
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- Country of origin
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- Personal homepage or blog
- Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
Hinduism in its real sense believes in LGBTI DIVERSITY, at least the true ancient Hinduism. Being born in a metro like Calcutta, studied in Mumbai and partly lived in Dubai, when I choose to stay in Shree Vrindavan for almost 2 years away from the city life, I saw how Hinduism at its core respects LGBTI DIVERSITY and regards it as a natural and joyful expression of human and devout desires. Ardhanarisvara (the hermaphrodite form of Shiva), Aravan (a hero whom Krishna married after becoming a woman), Ayyappa (a god born from the union of Shiva and Mohini, a female incarnation of Vishnu), Bahuchara-devi (a goddess connected with trans-sexuality and eunuchism), Bhagavati-devi (a Hindu goddess associated with cross-dressing), Bhagiratha Maharaja (an Indian king born of two female parents), Caitanya Mahaprabhu (an incarnation of Radha and Krishna combined), Chandi-Chamunda (twin warrior goddesses), Gadadhara (an incarnation of Radha in male form), Gangamma-devi (a goddess connected with cross-dressing and disguises), Harihara (Shiva and Vishnu combined); Kartikeya, Vallabhavardhana, Yellamma-devi are some of the examples. If Hinduism and the teachings of the same are followed, there will be Unity in Diversity in true fundamental nature.
- Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
- 30 Minutes
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