Sarah Harris, who spent two years uncovering the practice, explains what it means to be a devadasi in the twenty-first century. Brian Melican Brian Melican takes a humorous look at life as an expat in Germany. The expats who fought Hitler. Out of those she interviewed, nearly all cited economic need rather than religious tradition as the main reason behind their chosen path. Nearly three years after a whim first took her to India, Harris is back in Britain with her documentary in the can.
Rory. Age: 22.
Today, although there are still many women called devadasi , and who have been dedicated to the goddess, a lot of them are essentially prostitutes.
Madison. Age: 21.
India’s ‘prostitutes of God’
As research for her documentary, Prostitutes of God , Harris and her team spent several months tracking down and meeting some of the estimated 23, devadasi in Karnataka. Today, although there are still many women called devadasi , and who have been dedicated to the goddess, a lot of them are essentially prostitutes. The only devadasi I met who saw the tradition as strictly religious was a rather bizarre cross-dressing male version, who spends several hours a day in prayer.