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Donors, Devotees, and the Daughters of God : Temple Women in Medieval Tamilnadu - Leslie C. Orr

Donors, Devotees, and the Daughters of God

Temple Women in Medieval Tamilnadu

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Published: 1st June 1999
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Through the use of epigraphical evidence, Leslie C. Orr brings into focus the activities and identities of the temple women (devadasis) of medieval South India. This book shows how temple women's initiative and economic autonomy involved them in medieval temple politics and allowed them to establish themselves in roles with particular social and religious meanings. This study suggests new ways of understanding the character of the temple woman and, more generally, of the roles of women in Indian religion and society.

"This work operates at the highest levels of scholarship and regularly yields gems of insight on the problems of South Indian historiography. . . . The true value of this book lies not in historicism or comparison but in its portrait of women's agency within a 'broader context of relationships' (35) during their own time."--Journal of the American Academy of Religion "Orr's account is balanced: she does not hesitate to point out where temple women's status is distinctive, wehre it overlaps with royal women and temple men, where the status of temple women seems to be high, and where it seems to be low. Her nuanced treatment is very successful in proving that women had a recognized and ongoing presence in the temple culture that defined the medieval period."--The Journal of Religion "This work operates at the highest levels of scholarship and regularly yields gems of insight on the problems of South Indian historiography. . . . The true value of this book lies not in historicism or comparison but in its portrait of women's agency within a 'broader context of relationships' (35) during their own time."--Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Methods of Transliteration, Abbreviation, and Citation
Introductionp. 3
Devadasis and Dancing-girlsp. 3
In a Different Landscapep. 18
Discerning and Delineating the Figure of the Temple Womanp. 37
Definitions and Locationsp. 37
Devotees and Daughters of Godp. 48
Temple Women as Temple Patronsp. 65
Property and Piety: Women and the Templep. 65
Patterns of Patronage of Temple Womenp. 75
Temple Women as Temple Servantsp. 89
The Design of Temple Life in Medieval Tamilnadup. 89
Reputation, Recognition, and Responsibilityp. 98
Serving the Templep. 102
Service, Support, and Statusp. 126
Identity, Geography, Religion, and Kinshipp. 135
Temple Women and the Medieval Religious Landscapep. 135
Daughters of Women and Daughters of Godp. 149
Conclusionsp. 161
The Temple Women of Medieval Tamilnadup. 161
Politics and Place, Margins and Centersp. 164
From the Chola Period Temple Woman to the Twentieth-Century Devadasip. 172
App. Ip. 181
App. IIp. 183
App. IIIp. 185
Notesp. 193
Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 291
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ISBN: 9780195099621
ISBN-10: 0195099621
Series: South Asia Research
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 1st June 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.69 x 15.55  x 2.67
Weight (kg): 0.59