Sunil Babu Pant/Pahichan – I grew up in a remote village of Gorkha district, north west from Kathmandu, in Nepal. Fortunately or unfortunately, from where the famous term, the Gurkhas (as brave warriors), originated, after they fought WWI and WWII along with the British Empire. As I have no interest in wars or weaponry, I will talk about the cultures I have been exposed to since my childhood. Every year I used to get amused and enjoyed myself during the festivals, whether it is Lakhe Dance or Ropain Jatra or Gai-Jatra or Indra-Jatra, watching the few young men prepare themselves, which the ‘West’ calls ‘such thing’ a cross-dressing, and these days the rest of the world have so easily adapted this term “cross-dressing” without thinking much of the implication. But for us it is never cross-dressing, rather, it is a symbol and process of transformation. The young men take hours to put make-up, wear colorful dresses, long hair, bangles, outlandish traditional jewelries, some also wear mask and most importantly they practice the effeminate body languages and gestures. Both, the performers and onlookers, play with light mischief, pranks, humors and jokes. It is all fun and remarkable.
I love black men
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