Queer Mythology: Kartikeya

The story of the birth of Kartikeya, narrated in different versions of the Mahabharata remains to be one of the most poignant stories of queer existence in mythology. Known as born to two men – Shiva and Agni, Kartikeya in Hindu mythology is associated with masculinity, progeny, bravery and strength.

For the busy month of may, filled with events and days of observance on the queer calendar, we have a graphic retelling of Kartikeya’s birth by Tara Anand. Story source, Galva 108.

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Jo Krishnakumar is a trans queer researcher interested in all things sex, sexuality, gender and how different groups/people experience these wor(l)ds. Their work is informed by their constant learning/unlearning of the privileges they have due to their social location as a dominant/oppressive caste person (Nair) while also occupying space as a (mentally) disabled trans person of colour. Find them on their unfinished webspace www.waytojo.com.

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