As a Buddhist, I believe in deities. Or let's say I have a certain relationship with deities that preceded becoming a Buddhist, and I see no reason to abandon those beliefs. I have had a relationship with Durga for over a decade. Recently I have become aquainted with Bahuchara Mata, the goddess of the Hijras and 'third gender' people in India, Pakistan, and surrounding Hindu and Muslim cultures. As a third gender person myself, I feel a particular affinity and devotion to Bahuchara Mata. Bahuchara is a Durga-like goddess, who wields weapons and a fierce expression. She is depicted riding a rooster, which to me, as a westerner, is interesting because we associate roosters with masculine energy, literally, "the cock." She assists men who are impotent (no surprise there) and women who want to become pregnant. Hijras are fully initiated into the cult of Bahuchara Mata by ritual castration, again, the locus of "the cock."
Bahuchara Mata has become the patron goddess of the LGBTQ community in India, people with queer gender and sexual identities. I feel a resonance with her as someone who is transitioning to becoming a masculine person, who by hormones and surgery is attempting, spiritually if not physically, to acquire "the cock". I feel very close to her now as I wait to be scheduled for ftm chest surgery, surgical removal of my breasts.
"The myths associated with Bahuchara Mata often depict gender transformation and bodily mutilation on ethical and spiritual grounds. Bahuchara became a deity as a result of having saved herself from being raped through an extraordinary act of courage. One myth describes how she became a deity when she cut off her breasts in order to avoid being sexually assaulted by bandits (alternate telling: she cut off one breast and handed it to her attackers). In another version of the story, Bahuchara and her sisters were attacked as they were traveling to a fair by a man named Bapiya. Her sisters killed themselves, and as Bahuchara cut off her breasts, she cursed Bapiya with impotency. He begged for mercy, and she relented only if he would wear women’s clothing and worship her."
Not all legends associated with Bahuchara are about men getting neutered or becoming women. The story of her cutting off her own breasts suggests that she neutered her own femininity as a means to prevent rape. Among her many miracles is a tale of changing a princess, who had been disguised as a boy, into a prince with a fully functioning male body. http://www.qualiafolk.com/2011/12/08/bahuchara-mata/
The video is a recording of the elaborate pooja conducted to honour Bahuchara Mata. After blessings are offered to the Goddess, a feminine person (Hijra?) is marked and honoured as a physical manifestation of the Goddess.