From Sacred Servant to Profane Prostitute: A History of the Changing Legal Status of the Devadasis in India 1857- 1947

Author:

Kay K. Jordan

Publisher:

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

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Publisher

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

Publication Year 2021
ISBN-13

9788173044687

ISBN-10 8173044686
Binding

Hardcover

Edition FIRST
Number of Pages 194 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 24x16x2
Weight (grms) 420

From Sacred Servant to Profane Prostitute discusses the devadasi reform movement as a window on changing social, religious, and political values in India between 1857 and 1947. The devadasis were women married to Hindu deities for whom they danced and sang. They frequently became the concubines of either wealthy landholders or brahmins at a time when such behaviour was socially acceptable in India.


This study of court cases, executive correspondence, and legislation traces the shift in the official attitude toward the devadasis. Initially, colonial courts recognized the customary law of the devadasis which included female ownership of property, adoption of daughters, and inheritance from mother to daughter.

Kay K. Jordan

Kay K. Jordan is Professor of Religious Studies at Radford University in Virginia.
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