I have now been cursed…………
I guess you haven’t officially lived in India until you have been blessed or cursed by a Hijra. Well, it is official – I live here – I have been cursed.
According to Wikipedia, Hijra is an Arabic word for migration. It means not man, not woman – they are considered a third gender. I call them Shemales. If you have ever watched Jerry Springer or seen America’s Got Talent, you know exactly what I am talking about. If you still don’t know, you can watch this youtube clip.
They are fascinating. Some people will hire them to attend weddings or other ceremonies to offer blessings. Good Hijra. They will sometimes just knock on your door and demand money. I heard of a woman who paid them over $200 to get them to leave her house. I asked what would happen if she hadn’t paid, and I was told that they would take off their clothes. Apparently that is something that it is worth $200 not to see. Bad Hijra.
I was in a car with a few friends not too long ago and we stopped at a red light. Enter the Hijra. He she The Hijra knocked on the window. S/he knocked even louder – just in case we weren’t totally ignoring her and actually did not notice that s/he was standing there banging on the window. In case it was perfectly normal to see a man dressed as a woman banging on the window asking for money and she wanted to make sure we were paying attention. No reply. More knocking. More no replying. So, the Hijra moved on to the driver’s window.
Silly Hijra. The driver is from India and is used to seeing Hijra. Absolutely no reply. Not even a looksee.
Then it happened. We got cursed. S/he rolled her eyes at us while we respectfully marveled at her facial stubble. And then s/he shrugged her hands at us and huffed away. It seemed like s/he had some sort of bell that s/he was shaking at us too – but I was trying hard to look without looking – I didn’t catch the full curse. However, I do know that all of his/her clothes stayed on. Whew.