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Sakhībhāvas


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A North Indian bhakti sect with both householder and mendicant members, said to have been founded by Haridāsa, and possibly an offshoot of the Rādhavallabhīs. Their male members dressed and conducted themselves as though they were the female attendants, or close girl-friends (sakhīs), of Rādhā, apparently believing that only Kṛṣṇa himself is truly male. They appear to have been most numerous in the 17th century, and have achieved a certain notoriety for their transgressive sexual practices, although little is known about the history of their tradition.

Subjects: Hinduism.


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