Servants of the Goddess: The Modern-Day Devadasis
Wendy Doniger’s book ‘The Hindus: An Alternative History’ was recently recalled and pulped by Penguin India because it “hurt the feelings of the Hindus.” More specifically, the connections between sex and religion were the main concerns the opponents had about “The Hindus”. I am in the middle of reading it, and it sure is derogatory, but the fact is that Hinduism has had its share of strange and barbaric traditions, practices and customs; Jauh ...more
A must-read book. Sensitively written and filled with compassion. Kudos to the author. I have no qualms in recommending this work to everyone.
The only time they are acknowledged as human beings is during religious festivals and pujas. Else, their lives are nothing short of living hell.
Being an Indian, i witness the harsh r ...more
Read this book for a non-fiction that sometimes feels like an incredulous fiction, but one that brings out the troubles Devadasis face in their lives. The book, originally meant to be a documentary, is well researched and though its presentation feels boring at times, it reveals that a tradition or custom we thought was mostly abolished still continues to be practiced silently in some parts of the country.
This book is one I think everyone should read. It talks about the lives of people fallen victim to the Devadasi system. It talks about an ugly reality nobody really wants to face. The majority of people remain ignorant and the people who have caught a glimpse of this dark world behind the rich temples full of grandeur of India, they pretend it doesn't exist. One thing that struck me hard is how much prejudice the commoner harbors even though w ...more
Catherine Kermorgant's Servants of the Goddess is lush and powerful. It weaves threads of rich history, contemporary commentary, and heartbreaking true stories into a touching and engaging tapestry. The book serves as a document of the author's journey to and within rural India, as well as a testimony of the women who find themselves trapped in an ancient tradition that is as pervasive and complicated as it is devastating. I had never heard of these "servants of the Goddess" (called Devadasis) b...more