Women, Religion and Tradition

The Cult of Jogins, Matangis and Basvis

By Vakulabharanam Lalitha

Religion is a complex phenomenon which pervades a vast range of human activities. In India, religion influences society in diverse ways. This book explores the religious practice of temple dancing in India, which formed an integral part of the ritual service to the gods and goddesses in various South Indian states. The culture of dedicating girls to temples is a common phenomenon in this country. These girls are referred to by different names in different areas of the country, such as Devadasi, Jogins, Matangis, Basvis, etc. which literally mean "female servant of the deity." The book is a comprehensive study of this pernicious practice of female exploitation in the name of religion and tradition. It traces the origin and spread of the Devadasi culture in India, particularly in the Deccan region, and evaluates the impact of reformative and rehabilitative measures taken by governmental and non-governmental organizations.


312 pages

Publication Date: 12/31/2011
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9788131603956


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