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Hijra at a north Indian wedding

Hijras are members of what is usually considered in India as 'the third sex' - neither man nor women. The hijras usually show up at weddings and at the birth of male babies, to perform religious ceremonies intended to bring good luck and fertility. These 'ceremonies' involve music, singing, and sexually suggestive dancing, and although the hijras are most often uninvited, the host usually pays the hijras a handsome fee for their 'services'. Many fear the hijras' curse if they are not appeased, bringing bad luck or infertility, but for the fee they receive, they can bless goodwill and fortune on to the newly born or the newly wed couple.

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Hijras are members of what is usually considered in India as 'the third sex' - neither man nor women. The hijras usually show up   at weddings and at the birth of male babies, to perform religious ceremonies intended to bring good luck and fertility. These 'ceremonies' involve music, singing, and sexually suggestive dancing, and although the hijras are most often uninvited, the host usually pays the hijras a handsome fee for their 'services'. Many fear the hijras' curse if they are not appeased, bringing bad luck or infertility, but for the fee they receive, they can bless goodwill and fortune on to the newly born or the newly wed couple.