Posts tagged "devadasi"

In India, Some Women Are Sacred Prostitutes

A new essay in the New Yorker takes a look at India’s “sacred sex workers.” In “Serving the Goddess,” author William Dalrymple spends time with the country’s devadasis. What’s a devadasi? An ancient Hindu practice in which women are “dedicated” to a god or goddess, some of those women become prostitutes. “The nature of that…

Susannah Breslin / September 16, 2008