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Sex, Death and the Gods

The devadasi are Hindus who are married to a deity in childhood, and at puberty sold for sex. In this fascinating film by acclaimed director Beeban Kidron, we go on an intimate journey into the twilight world of the devadasi and meet the girls of Karnataka, southern India, who are forced to live in this ancient tradition despite it having been declared illegal for more than 60 years.

The documentary investigates the surprising history of this little-understood community, reveals their rich and privileged past as concubines to the princes and priests of India's ruling class, and explores their heritage as dancers and entertainers.

Release date:

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Wed 1 Feb 2012 23:20


Role Contributor
DirectorBeeban Kidron
Series EditorNick Fraser

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