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Dancing Eunuchs Of India

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Dancing Eunuchs Of India

                       Dancing Eunuchs Of India
Eunuchs they were, who sang at doorsteps for alms
At birth and death alike; blessed the bride and groom too.
They danced their dark bodies heavily gyrating,with
 busted breasts, hairy chest and hefty forms tightly clad 
in saris candy colored ,sequined and six feet long.
Painted smiles, jingling bangles, tinkling anklets
sang bawdy ballads  of glorified virgins and stillborn children,
in a third gender voice-a hostile blend of two opposite sexes.


01/11/2013
Mehnaz Veetil
Entry for 8 lines contest on a native culture, sponsored by Debbie Guzzi 


Note: Most of the eunuchs in India live by begging. They normally come out in groups of about five to ten and spread out in streets approaching small shops and restaurants for alms. Normally people give them alms out of fear of being cursed. It is widely believed in India that the curse of a "hijra" is very effective; same with their blessings. They offer to dance at small family functions like naming ceremonies of newborn children, weddings and other village functions. 

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  1. Date: 2/22/2013 5:59:00 PM
    Hi, I like what I read, ~SKAT

  1. Date: 1/27/2013 6:57:00 PM
    Mehnaz, It is such a fine write, I went thru it thrice. Thnx for your visit. !! Jag

    Veetil Avatar Mehnaz Veetil
    Date: 1/28/2013 11:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you so much ...
  1. Date: 1/27/2013 6:34:00 PM
    Mehnaz, reading this one all over again. SOmetimes reading the same poem over and over.. makes it easier to understand ones poems. an interesting ending consequence.. enjoyed the dance... LINDA

  1. Date: 1/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
    I really enjoy this one. it's such a great description of these curious sounding people of India. what a colorful lot they must have been. Oh, I see you are writing of them in the present tense. they are still popular today? how interesting.

    Veetil Avatar Mehnaz Veetil
    Date: 1/28/2013 11:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    yes, they are ...they face social stigma...
  1. Date: 1/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
    and I see this won a contest. BIG congrats.

    Veetil Avatar Mehnaz Veetil
    Date: 1/28/2013 11:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you...
  1. Date: 1/18/2013 7:47:00 AM
    Well done Mehnaz! you chose an exceptional topic to write upon and yes congrats are in order. You describe the eunuchs perfectly through your poetry.

    Veetil Avatar Mehnaz Veetil
    Date: 1/28/2013 11:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thanks Yesha...
  1. Date: 1/15/2013 6:56:00 PM
    Very nice.Congrats on the win.So you are from India.

    Veetil Avatar Mehnaz Veetil
    Date: 1/16/2013 12:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Haan, Kash. Mein Hindusthan se hoon ... Thanks for the visit.
  1. Date: 1/15/2013 8:58:00 AM
    Mehnaz, :-) Congratulations in Debbie's fine " EIGHT Lines any KIND " contest. enjoy your day... PD

    Veetil Avatar Mehnaz Veetil
    Date: 1/15/2013 10:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank You,Linda...Nice to see you here
  1. Date: 1/13/2013 3:23:00 PM
    I enjoyed your poem. Congratulations on your win. And thank you for bringing to light more of the culture of India.

    Veetil Avatar Mehnaz Veetil
    Date: 1/15/2013 10:03:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank You Jon...
  1. Date: 1/13/2013 2:43:00 PM
    love this clever and very interesting write - congrats on all your wins : )

    Veetil Avatar Mehnaz Veetil
    Date: 1/15/2013 10:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Jack...thank you for your kind words....
  1. Date: 1/13/2013 2:37:00 PM
    A harsh culture that would still condon doing this to its children..Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

    Veetil Avatar Mehnaz Veetil
    Date: 1/15/2013 10:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank You Debbie for the HM in my contest....
  1. Date: 1/13/2013 10:59:00 AM
    Mehnaz congrats on your HM...David

    Veetil Avatar Mehnaz Veetil
    Date: 1/15/2013 10:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for stopping by...
  1. Date: 1/13/2013 4:32:00 AM
    Congrats on your HM Mehnaz xx

    Veetil Avatar Mehnaz Veetil
    Date: 1/15/2013 10:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank You Mandy...
  1. Date: 1/13/2013 1:41:00 AM
    I am a bit familiar but this certainly breathes life into the story. Well written an impactful.

    Veetil Avatar Mehnaz Veetil
    Date: 1/15/2013 10:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank You Richard, for stopping by... this third gender suffers a lot of social stigma ,pathetic ...
  1. Date: 1/12/2013 8:36:00 PM
    Another lesson learnt, thank you ....Seren

    Veetil Avatar Mehnaz Veetil
    Date: 1/15/2013 10:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank You Seren for stopping by....
  1. Date: 1/12/2013 2:15:00 PM
    a brilliant poen for an excellent contest,, one can only learn from reading this...

    Veetil Avatar Mehnaz Veetil
    Date: 1/15/2013 10:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Harry < I have always enjoyed your comments...