"Close Encounters of the Third Gender"
"The third sex is described as a natural mixing or combination of the male and female natures to the point in which they can no longer be categorized as male or female in the traditional sense of the word.
The example of mixing black and white paint can be used, wherein the resulting color, gray, in all its many shades, can no longer be considered either black or white although it is simply a combination of both."
(From "Tritiya-Prakriti: People of the Third Sex" by Amara Das Wilhelm"
Shushila is an hijra, neither man nor woman, she belongs to a third gender, ensconced in tradition in India for years...
She is the chela (disciple) of Sunita, her guru and she will become guru as well the day her guru will leave this world...
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