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“This remarkable volume brings together an encyclopedic collection of writings on the subjects of love between women and love between men in India from ancient times to the present.” —Lillian Faderman, author of To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done for America--A History

“This enchanting collection is a tribute to an ancient civilization which has always cherished love that defies conventional ideas of sanity and normality.” —Ashis Nandy, author, The Intimate Enemy, Center for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

“...an extremely useful compilation of material on same-sex love in India, accompanied by insightful analyses of contemporary social mores at the time that the poems, stories and novels were written.” —India Today

About the Author

Ruth Vanita is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Montana.

Saleem Kidwai is a translator, writer, and consultant living in New Delhi.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (September 22, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312293240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312293246
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By slowreader on August 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
research like this hasn't been done before. the book helps proove that homosexuality is so much a part of our culture as opposed to what some homophobic people choose to think.

I'm an indian and I highly recomment it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bae Yosup on January 31, 2013
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Thank you for quick dilivery and good quality of book.
This book is really what I wanted.
We can learn about the traditon of same sex love and transextuality of India.
This is very intersting to me.
I am preparing new performance about the Sex; The third sex.
This book is possibly heplful to me.
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7 of 17 people found the following review helpful By SEBASTIANVS on August 22, 2000
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This is a very interesting book written in English. However, I've found many absences or omissions of renowned historical, literary and religious stories in the book, e.g. Buddhist sutras translated into classical Chinese from the original Sanskrit and Pali texts. I'd like to read more comprehensive books on the history & literature of India, and also of Tibet.
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