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, discrimination, violence and most importantly, 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.
Servants of the Goddess: The Modern-Day Devadasis by Catherine Rubin Kermorgant
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