Transgenderism and the Cult of Yellamma: Heat, Sex, and Sickness in South Indian Ritual

@article{Bradford1983TransgenderismAT,
  title={Transgenderism and the Cult of Yellamma: Heat, Sex, and Sickness in South Indian Ritual},
  author={Nicholas Bradford},
  journal={Journal of Anthropological Research},
  year={1983},
  volume={39},
  pages={307 - 322}
}
  • N. Bradford
  • Published 1 October 1983
  • History
  • Journal of Anthropological Research
This account provides first-hand information on a variety of ritual officiants who are regarded as having been "caught" by the goddess Yellamma, a form of the Hindu goddess Renūka found in several pilgrimage centers in northern Karnātaka, South India, and in the village pantheons and household shrines of the people of the region. Among the human agents of Yellamma particular consideration is given to the "transgenderites"--female, erotic men (jōgappa), and male, ascetic women (jōgamma). It is… 
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