Prostitution and Beyond is an edited volume that discusses a spectrum of issues that are pertinent to sex workers in India. These issues have been dealt with on various research platforms before. By collectively presenting these diverse research conclusions, this volume explores the broader interconnectivity of issues that affect women in prostitution. Its objective is to reach a wider audience consisting of both women who are initiated, and those as yet uninitiated into prostitution. This volume takes on the responsibility of countering the negativity that has come to be indelibly associated with any mention of sex workers. This is reflected in the construction of the sections and the choice of papers, group discussions, interviews and commentaries included in this volume. Throughout its four sections of feminist discourse, ethnographic studies, socio-economic legal-health frameworks and cultural reflections, this book draws on the experiences of academicians, activists, researchers and scholars with varied backgrounds.

Ritualized Prostitution: Devadasis to Jogins – a Few Case Studies

Ritualized Prostitution: Devadasis to Jogins – a Few Case Studies

Ritualized prostitution: Devadasis to Jogins – a few case studies

The present paper examines the institution of ritualized prostitution, namely the Devadasis. It looks at the transformations of this institution on account of the historical forces that have mutated it into a form that has few but striking resemblances to the original institution.

Presently known as Jogins in Andhra Pradesh, the paper analyzes five case studies of this form of Devadasis, drawing from a fair amount of oral history and contextualizing the same against the background of their living traditions. These interactions with Jogins were spread out over a compact stretch of time when we were working on a Project and stayed with Samskar, a NonGovernment Organization ...

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