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Mortal to divine and back: India’s transgender goddesses – Times of India

The transformation of transgender women into goddesses for an annual Hindu festival takes place in an atmosphere of reverent, somber concentration. Laugh lines vanish, replaced by an impassive mask. Skin becomes stone. As they prepared to perform in the Mayana Kollai festival in a fishing village in of Tamil Nadu, some of the dancers slipped into trances so deep it appeared they might have fainted.

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