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Given to the Goddess by Lucinda Ramberg

Given to the Goddess by Lucinda Ramberg

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Based on two years of ethnographic research, this book considers an ongoing South Indian practice of dedication in which girls, and sometimes boys, are married to a goddess. Called devadasis, or jogatis, those dedicated become female and male women who conduct the rites of the goddess outside the walls of her main temple and transact in sex outside the bounds of conjugal matrimony.
Based on two years of ethnographic research, this book considers an ongoing South Indian practice of dedication in which girls, and sometimes boys, are married to a goddess. Called devadasis, or jogatis, those dedicated become female and male women who conduct the rites of the goddess outside the walls of her main temple and transact in sex outside the bounds of conjugal matrimony.

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Published by: Duke University Press on Aug 07, 2014
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SOUTH INDIAN DEVADASIS
 and the
 
SEXUALITY
 of 
 
RELIGION
GIVEN TO THE GODDESS
Lucinda Ramberg 
 
© 2014 Duke University PressAll rights reservedPrinted in the United Stateso America on acid- ree paper Cover design by Natalie Smithypeset in Minion Pro by seng Inormation Systems, Inc.Library o Congress Cataloging- in- Publication DataRamberg, Lucinda, 1962–Given to the goddess : South Indian devadasis and the sexuality o religion / Lucinda Ramberg.pages cmIncludes bibliographical reerences and index.󰁩󰁳󰁢󰁮 978-0-8223-5710-0 (cloth : alk. paper)󰁩󰁳󰁢󰁮 978-0-8223-5724-7 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Devadasis. 2. Yellamma (Hindu deity)3. Sex—Religious aspects—Hinduism. I. itle.󰁢󰁬1237.58.󰁤48󰁲3635 2014294.5′2114—dc232014012185Cover art: Photo by Brett Isis Fisher.
 
In memory o two renegade priests
KRISHNABAI KADAPURE
1963–2003and
JENNY BALLARD RAMBERG
1935–89

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