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Servants of the Goddess: The Modern-Day Devadasis

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Servants of the Goddess weaves together the heartbreaking, yet paradoxically life affirming stories of five devadasis - Women, in the clutches of an ancient fertility cult, forced to serve the gods. Catherine Rubin Kermorgant sets out attempting to make a documentary film about the lives of present-day devadasis. Through her, we meet and get to know the devadasi women of Kalyana, a remote village in Karnataka. As they grow to trust Kermorgant and welcome her as an honorary sister, we hear their stories in their own words, stories of oppression and violence, but more importantly, of resistance and resilience. Kermorgant becomes a part of these stories and finds herself unwittingly enmeshed in a world of gender and caste bias which extends far beyond Kalyana, all the way to Paris, where the documentary is to be edited and produced. Servants of the Goddess is a testament to women's strength and spirit and a remarkably astute analysis of gender and caste relations in today's rural India.

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Servants of the Goddess weaves together the heartbreaking, yet paradoxically life affirming stories of five devadasis - Women, in the clutches of an ancient fertility cult, forced to serve the gods. Catherine Rubin Kermorgant sets out attempting to make a documentary film about the lives of present-day devadasis. Through her, we meet and get to know the devadasi women of Kalyana, a remote village in Karnataka. As they grow to trust Kermorgant and welcome her as an honorary sister, we hear their stories in their own words, stories of oppression and violence, but more importantly, of resistance and resilience. Kermorgant becomes a part of these stories and finds herself unwittingly enmeshed in a world of gender and caste bias which extends far beyond Kalyana, all the way to Paris, where the documentary is to be edited and produced. Servants of the Goddess is a testament to women's strength and spirit and a remarkably astute analysis of gender and caste relations in today's rural India.

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  • Book Title

    Servants of the Goddess: The Modern-Day Devadasis

  • Author

    Catherine Rubin Kermorgant

  • Book Type

    Business And Accounts

  • Date Published

    February 24, 2014

  • Specification

    Management And Technology

  • Pages

    408 Pages

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