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Toda Woman, India, 1890's. The Toda people are a small pastoral community who…

Toda Woman, India, 1890's. The Toda people are a small pastoral community who…

Light of Asia (1925) Shiraz (1928) Throw of Dice (1929) Seeta Devi COMPLETE 3 DVD Trilogy FREE SHIP USA

Light of Asia (1925) Shiraz (1928) Throw of Dice (1929) Seeta Devi COMPLETE 3 DVD Trilogy FREE SHIP USA

Edward Taurines, Nautch Girls, ca. 1890, Albumen Print © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ethnological Museum

Edward Taurines, Nautch Girls, ca. 1890, Albumen Print © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ethnological Museum

Hindu Christian  Medical Lady - Bombay

Hindu Christian Medical Lady - Bombay

Indian Mother and Daughter by Photographer Grete Kolliner - 1931

Indian Mother and Daughter by Photographer Grete Kolliner - 1931

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Google Image Result for http://chandrakantha.com/articles/tawaif/images/girl_sitar.jpg

Maharaja Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala, Shanghai | Historical Photographs of China By Rohit Sonkiya

Maharaja Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala, Shanghai | Historical Photographs of China By Rohit Sonkiya

Old photograph of a young tribal girl

Old photograph of a young tribal girl

Portrait of a Tamil woman, circa 1894, oldindianphotos.in, source: vintageindia.tumblr.com

Portrait of a Tamil woman, circa 1894, oldindianphotos.in, source: vintageindia.tumblr.com

In South India, a devadasi (Sanskrit: servant of deva (god) or devi (goddess) ) is a girl "dedicated" to worship and service of a deity or a temple for the rest of her life. The dedication takes place in a Pottukattu ceremony which is similar in some ways to marriage. Originally, in addition to taking care of the temple and performing rituals, these women learned and practiced Sadir (Bharatanatya), Odissi and other classical Indian artistic traditions and enjoyed a high social status

In South India, a devadasi (Sanskrit: servant of deva (god) or devi (goddess) ) is a girl "dedicated" to worship and service of a deity or a temple for the rest of her life. The dedication takes place in a Pottukattu ceremony which is similar in some ways to marriage. Originally, in addition to taking care of the temple and performing rituals, these women learned and practiced Sadir (Bharatanatya), Odissi and other classical Indian artistic traditions and enjoyed a high social status

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