Importance Of Third Sex In India

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INTRODUCTION
“We are all children of the same God, and we have to come together to solve our problems and not be fighting so much.”
-Ann Romney
Since the dawn of civilisation the world was divided into two halves-the masculine and the feminine, after which people started to live together and formed social norms. Males and females were the two sexes recognised by the larger communities and even by the great civilisation. It was in the Vedic Indian society, we find traces of third sex which was also called as TrityaPrakritior third gender.
In western society we do not find tangible instances of third sex or perhaps they do not speak openly about the third gender because unlike the Vedic society in India they believed that only two sexes exist in the world i.e. male and female, understandably dominated by the male as they believe that God is male whereas, in Indian religious texts we find instances where Lord Shiva has been termed and adorned as Ardhnarishwarwhich means possessing half male and half female body. Lord Shiva is worshipped in this form even these days in various parts of India with great respect and full devotion. However, in western societies, it is considered as taboo to even talk or think about somebody who possesses both male and female qualities in a single body and that is why we do not find instances of intersex people in elaboration in western socities such like we find in our ancient texts openly. The best example of a hermaphrodite existing in ancient
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