Utkarsh Patel

Utkarsh Patel is a corporate-professional-turned-mythologist and now the author of Shakuntala – The Woman Wronged, published by Rupa Publications, and Satyavati, a mobile book readable through Readify. He is a professor of Comparative Mythology at Mumbai University and has qualifications in Mythology, both Indian and World, from Mumbai University. He has been writing a blog, ‘This is Utkarsh Speaking’ for close to six years now, and is a founder member of ‘Talking Myths Project’ , an online archive of traditional tales from the Indian Subcontinent.

Bahuchara mata - transgenders' God

Five fascinating stories about Bahuchara, the deity of transgenders and masculinity

Bahucharaji Mata is one of the many ‘avatars’ of the Shakti goddess which is worshipped in Gujarat. She is depicted astride a rooster and is one of the important Shaktipeeths in Gujarat. Goddess Bahucharaji is considered to be the primal deity of the transgender community of India. Legend has it Bahucharaji was a daughter of Bapal …

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Triumphant Achilles dragging Hector's lifeless body in front of the Gates of Troy

It is unbelievable how Achilles’ gay relationship changed the course of the Trojan war

The theme of homosexuality in mythology is quite common. Many mythologies depict this as a sexual act in terms of same-sex relationships or deal with the subject as it is. No mythologies address the subject as taboo or unnatural. Mythologies of the world treat the subject as just another manifestation of erotic expression and don’t …

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