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Eunuchs Festival at Koovagam, India – photos

FACES of the day: the Eunuchs Festival at Koovagam, India. Are there any British eunuchs? And are they in a community. The media loves for all minorities to be in a community…

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In this Tuesday, May 1, 2012 photo, a temple priest ties a "Thali", a sacred thread symbolic of Hindu marriage union around the neck of an Indian eunuch during the annual eunuch festival where they re-enact a story adopted from the Indian epic Mahabharata at Koovagam, around 132 kilometers (83 miles) south of Chennai, India. The term eunuch, is used in India to describe a community of people who identify themselves as neither male nor female but as members of a third gender. They traditionally survive by begging, dancing at weddings or blessing newborn babies and are frequently subjected to discrimination. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar.K)

Posted: 3rd, May 2012 | In: Photojournalism | Comment (1)