|1)||Pilgrim's Progress from London to Gujarat's Eunuch Temple by Harsh Trivedi (March 28, 2007) - www.indiaenews.com|
|2)||Tooting Man is Hindu Goddess by Julie Moult and John Askill, with Pamela Timms (March 30, 2007) - www.thesun.co.uk|
|3)||Reincarnation of Bahucharaji, Patron of Indian Eunuchs? posted by Spiros Antonopoulos (March 30, 2007?)|
|19) Comments re Reincarnation of Bahucharaji (Apr. 13, 2007 to Sept. 26, 2007) ["Pema"]|
|4)||Eunuch Devi (March 30, 2007)|
|18) Comment 7 re Eunuch Devi made by pranam (September 22, 2007) ["Pema"]|
|5)||From Tooting to Temple (March 30, 2007) [offline]|
|6)||God, No! How Can He Cure Infertility? by David Brown (March 30, 2007)|
|7)||How to get Pregnant Imaculately! by Hugh Burnett (March 30, 2007) [offline]|
|8)||Tooting Man Worshipped as Goddess (March 30, 2007)|
|9)||Jobless Male Londoner Rechristened as Fertility Goddess in Indian State by Nidhi Sharma (March 31, 2007) [in the Internet Archive]|
|10)||Mr Cooper? No, un dio: Adorato come una divinità / Mr Cooper? No, a god: Adored as a deity (March 31, 2007) [originally in Italian]|
|11)||British Transsexual Causes Stir at Indian Temple (April 10, 2007) - www.reuters.com|
|12)||British Transsexual Leaves Indian Eunuchs Out of Pocket (April 11, 2007)|
|13)||UK man's new life as Indian 'goddess' by Rajeev Khanna (April 12, 2007) - news.bbc.co.uk [more accurate: "Pema" instead of "Prema"]|
|14)||Homossexual britânico adorado como Deusa dos Eunucos / [ in English ] (April 25, 2007) [originally in Portuguese] ["Pema"]|
|15)||A British Guy in Gujarat Discovers he is a Reincarnated Hindu Goddess (May 30, 2007)|
|21) Comment purportedly made by Pema (March 19, 2008)|
|16)||A Goddess for Men. And Non-Men. by Deepa Krishnan (June 09, 2007)|
|17)||“Tooting man is Hindu goddess”!!! (September 20, 2007)|
|20) Comments re “Tooting man is Hindu goddess”!!! (Sept. 20, 2007 to Jan. 25, 2008) ["Pema"]|
|•||Photos of Steve Cooper as Pema / Prema [this link will open in a new window]|
'Some Gujaratis in London, noticing Stephen's eunuch-like body language and behaviour, helpfully told him about the Bahucharaji temple' . . . 'He even got a printout of the picture of the goddess and showed to a tattoo artiste and got a similar image tattooed on his left arm'. . .[ IMAGE ONE (width=265 height=360)
A group of pilgrims notice her and flock to her, seeking blessings just as they do from other eunuch devotees of Goddess Bahucharaji. Without hesitation, Pamela blesses them -- in the ritualistic manner of putting the third finger on the forehead of the devotee . . .
. . . some pilgrims give her money as offerings -- from Rs.10 to even Rs.500. Pamela does not refuse, but usually donates the amount to the temple . . . 'Pamela gets up early in the morning. She attends all artis in the temple. Also, she has become a pure vegetarian. She eats Gujarati food in the temple dinning hall . . .'
[Pamela] is here on a six-month visa . . . [ Link: http://www.indiaenews.com/religion/20070328/44988.htm ] [i.e. Item #1 ]
Another woman, Rekha, said she had travelled for days to be blessed by Steve. She added: "My sister-in-law came here and she got pregnant immediately.Cooper is now selling to Indians what they've been selling to the West for decades.
"I am hoping the same will happen for me after receiving the blessing of the goddess." But last night Steve's stunned brother Justin Cooper said: "He's just an ordinary guy..."
A eunuch called Sudha said: "He is a fake. I checked and he still has a penis. He is a male so can't be a goddess. He shouldn't give blessings." Steve, who has a tattoo of the goddess on his arm, just insisted: "I am both male and female . . ."
Followers of the goddess Bahucharaji Mata believe she was once a princess who castrated her husband because he showed no interest in sex. [Link: http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2007140831,00.html -- tabloid] [i.e. Item #2 ]
JOBLESS Steve Cooper has found work at last - as an Indian GODDESS who thousands of Hindus believe can cure their infertility.Stop laughing!! This is serious work he's now doing. I'm not sure why I went to school for all these years. (By the way, I passed the bar exam and am moving to Florida. I have no plans to become a goddess though). Apparently he forgot to tell his brother back in Tooting about his new job in India.
Pilgrims head to a remote jungle temple to be blessed by Steve, 32, from Tooting, South West London.
He places his third finger on the their foreheads and mutters: "The goddess is here".
Surrounded by followers, Steve told The Sun: "I love being here. I don't miss anything about Tooting.
But last night Steve's stunned brother Justin Cooper said: "He's just an ordinary guy.It also seems that not all villagers are convinced that Steve is qualified to be a goddess:
"He never told me anything about this."
Steve now follows a strict vegetarian diet and sleeps in a spartan room. He lives among 80 eunuchs - castrated men - at the temple. But some have their doubts that he is equipped to be a goddess.Fair enough. I was just wondering if there was anyone out there who could confirm the veracity of this Tooting man's claims to be a goddess.
A eunuch called Sudha said: "He is a fake. I checked and he still has a penis. (uh-oh!)
"He is a male so can't be a goddess. He shouldn't give blessings." Steve, who has a tattoo of the goddess on his arm, just insisted: "I am both male and female."