© 2014 Duke University PressAll rights reservedPrinted in the United Stateso America on acid- ree paper ♾Cover design by Natalie Smithypeset in Minion Pro by seng Inormation 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 reerences 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.1237.58.483635 2014294.5′2114—dc232014012185Cover art: Photo by Brett Isis Fisher.