ORIENTAL ENIGMA INTERNATIONAL SENSATION
Man and Half Woman Brother and Sister in one Body
In response to
so many questions put to me daily, I have printed a few
facts about myself which may be of interest.
I was born in
Tabriz, Persia, on May 2, 1905, My mother being Turkish, my
father a Persian. I was their fourth child.
were in a quandary on my birth as to my sex, knowing not
whether I was a male or female. This created a great
sensation. There wee four children in our family.
First being twins, brother and sister who died in their
early childhood. Myself, and after me another boy who
is still living, a perfect young man. My mother is
still living and in good health.
My father died in an accident in 1925. I was brought
up in Tabriz, Persia, where my parents had made their new
home. I was christened a girl and went to school with
girls till the age of 13 when it first became noticeable
that one side of my body was growing like a woman's and the
opposite side becoming more and more masculine. After
I complained of strange pains, my system changed, a growth
of beard became noticeable on my face and my voice became
hoarse. The old family doctor could not find the right
name for me, calling me a puzzle of the 20th century.
examined by well-know authorities and shown at medical
conventions I was pronounced half man and half woman.
I was operated upon by Prof. Dr. E. Koolamily. After
recovery I found myself greatly embarrassed, for my girl
companions would have nothing to do with me, being in boy's
apparel, either would the boys, for they looked upon me as a
dressed up girl.
Wherever I went
people would point me out and whisper. This continued
to such an extent that life became unendurable. With
credentials from Prof. Dr. Koolamily I was sent to Dr. A.
Mamat-Husan, the head of the Institute for Sexual Research
at Teheran. After an examination I was offered a large
sum of money for my body after death.
from Dr. Mamat-Husan, a police doctor, I received a permit
from Khan A Murtzaly to wear either men's or ladies' apparel
and to sign my papers in either name. I go mostly in
men's clothing, being more comfortable. But when I
wear either wherever I appear people will stop and turn
around to say "She looked a man" or "He is just like a
I have exhibited
in every country in the Orient and before nobilities. I was
brought over to America by Mr. Hamdulla who placed me in
many theatrical houses all through the United States.