YELLAMA-Devdasi Festival - Thomas L. Kelly
Former Devadasis  are now organized and rebelling against the Devadasi system. A volunteer  from the activist  organization, Myrada cuts the ritual dreadlocks  of a Devadasi child. When the dreadlocks  are cut, it’s believed that  the power of the goddess  is broken. Saundatti, Karnataka, India.

Former Devadasis are now organized and rebelling against the Devadasi system. A volunteer from the activist organization, Myrada cuts the ritual dreadlocks of a Devadasi child. When the dreadlocks are cut, it’s believed that the power of the goddess is broken. Saundatti, Karnataka, India.

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