Catherine Rubin Kermorgant's phenomenal work Servants of the Goddess, the Modern- day Devadasis releases soon in India. The book is already up for preorder on Infibeam.com at 25% off.
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India., January 31, 2014 - (PressReleasePoint) - Devadasi literally meaning servants of Goddess, these are the women who are expected to "dedicate" themselves to worship and service a deity or a temple for the rest of their life. This is an age old Indian tradition in which the lower caste women or young girls were brought to the temple to dedicate their lives in service of God and also learn the art of dancing and singing and also appease the males of the temple. However, the custom has been outlawed by the Indian Government since 1988 but there are still few villages that carry on with this exploitive custom. However, most of the lower caste women who are engulfed this tradition even today, in some rural parts of Karnataka, is mainly due to their poverty.
About the book Servants of the Goddess, the Modern- day Devadasis
Catherine Rubin Kermorgant has worked closely in understanding the lives of Devadasis. In her book Servants of the Goddess, the Modern- day Devadasis, she has weaved together a heartbreaking story of five such devadasi women. It is a story about the plight of these women who are in the clutches of an ancient fertility cult and are forced to serve the Gods. The book documents the stories of these individuals in their own words. It is a story of ther oppression, discrimination, violence and resilience. The book has a remarkable analysis of the gender and caste bias that are prevalent in many rural parts of India.
Born in France and raised in New York, Catherine Rubin Kermorgant studied Classics at Brown University and Anthropology at the London School of Economics. After working in film and television for a number of years, she began to research and write her own documentary films. One of her films, funded by the BBC and Canal Plus, led her to south India, where she spent several months learning about devadasis. Catherine Rubin Kermorgant lives in Paris with her family.
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