Coincidentia Oppositorum

A hijra dressed for her ritual wedding to the Hindu god Aravan.A hijra blessing a pilgrim.A hijra in her room at the Aravan Mela prepares for her wedding.A hijra in her hotel room.Hijras in front of a temple to their husband, the god Aravan.Hijra.Hijras.Hijra.Hijra.Hijra.Hijras.A hijra with a lover.A hijra with a client.Hijra.Hijra.Hijra.A hijra bride during a ritual wedding to the Hindu god Aravan.Hijras in a temple present offerings to their husband, the Hindu god Aravan.A hijra during a ritual wedding to the Hindu god Aravan in the village of Koovagam. A hijra during a ritual wedding to the Hin- du god Aravan in the village of Koovagam.People greet a flower-garlanded effigy of prince Aravan at the Koovagam Mela in south India.Hijra widows lament their dead husband Aravan.A hijra widow in a white sari, the traditional Indian mourning dress.A hijra wails while a priest breaks her bangles.Broken bangles, severed sacred threads, and trampled garlands mark the end of the hijras’ marriage to Aravan.