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Tuesday, November 19, 2002
EUNUCH FESTIVAL -- A Special Report

Recently, a whole mess of Eunuchs gathered in Bhopal, India, which even made the news in merry ole England. Here's my stateside report.

First though, this one begs the question, "If men are from Mars, and women are from Venus, do members of the self proclaimed 'third sex' hail from the gassy atmosphere of Uranus?"

Actually, to be scientifically - not to mention politically - correct, as Uranus is actually an icy rock planet, I should've said, "the gassy atmosphere of Saturn." My mistake.

More than 2,500 eunuchs gathered in the streets of Bhopal, India, to - as a BBC article said - "make merry".

And I say, good for them! Now, read on...

--- begin BBC article excerpt ---

"Eunuchs from across India have gathered in Bhopal, the
capital of the central state of Madhya Pradesh to celebrate a unique festival.

More than 2,500 eunuchs will sing, dance and make merry for several days in memory of their spiritual teacher, Haji Rahamatullah.

India has several hundred thousand of the so called "third sex" who are traditionally regarded as auspicious.

The venue of the meeting is significant as several eunuchs in Madhya Pradesh have had a high profile over recent months.

Shabnam Mausi has become India's first eunuch to occupy a seat in a state assembly.

Kamla Jaan, another eunuch, has been fighting a court battle to retain the mayorship of the city of Katni in Madhya Pradesh.

Traditionally, most eunuchs earn a living by collecting cash gifts from people on occasions like marriages and births.

But this is not what has brought them to Bhopal.

They are here as representatives of their society. This conference is a festival where they get to meet "their-own-kind" from all over India.

Organisers of the festival said discussions were also held on certain "internal issues" but the media was not allowed to cover the debate.

There have been some suggestions recently that eunuchs
are considering forming their own political party..."

--- end BBC article excerpt ---


Interestingly enough, my good friend, Kaj, was visiting family and friends in Sehore, India. This city is located approximately 20 miles (35km) southwest of Bhopal.

A couple of days beforehand, Kaj emailed me detailing plans to 'crash' the eunuch festival, because, as he so
succinctly put it, "attending could prove to be a 'hoot'."

For the record, Kaj is biologically one hundred percent male. In fact, having been raised in the U.S. since the age of three (this is his first visit back to his country of birth), he is all to commonly "American Male". In fact, he'd be what you'd call a "manly man." A steady diet of football and beer on the weekends, much (too much) talk about which women he's "nailed" (i.e., had sexual intercourse with) and how often. A natural aversion to any man
displaying even the slightest less than masculine trait. (Example; Kaj: "Did you hear that guy's voice? I bet he sings soprano in the church choir. If he dropped something, I wouldn't offer to bend over to pick it up, if you know what I mean... Har de, har, har!")

Needless to say, I was a bit surprised to hear (or, read via email) his plan to go to the eunuch festival.


I replied, expressing my doubt regarding his veracity. He wrote back, perhaps being a bit stung by my initial skepticism, in what can only be described as forceful by his standards. Simply put, he replied...

"Dude, I am *so* there! You wait, you'll see!"

So, I waited. Then, I waited some more. Soon, the festival had been well under way for a couple of days.

Finally, I heard back from Kaj, who should have been able to pack in some 24-odd hours of "making merry" at the very least.

I expected a lively report, at times both humorous and foreboding.

Instead, I got a sheepish missive, which was all too brief. It read: "I didn't make it. I just couldn't do it. So, instead, I stayed here in my room, drinking rum and coke, and getting plastered with a couple of dollar-a-night hotel hookers. Both were all-female, if you know what I mean! And believe me, since seeing 'The Crying Game' and with that festival less than 20 miles away, I checked first!"

Yes, my friend, Kaj, chickened out in the end.

All I could think was, "Jeez, some people just have no balls!"

But, I guess that was the point of the whole thing in the first place, huh?

posted by Pete 11:40 PM
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