YELLAMA-Devdasi Festival - Thomas L. Kelly
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Poor sharecroppers, the harijans, the untouchable Dalits of Karnataka, are essential labourers for the harvesting of huge plantations of sugarcane and cotton.  For over a thousand years they have been dedicating their daughters to the goddess Yellamma on the full moon night in January.
Saundatti, Karnataka; India.

Poor sharecroppers, the harijans, the untouchable Dalits of Karnataka, are essential labourers for the harvesting of huge plantations of sugarcane and cotton. For over a thousand years they have been dedicating their daughters to the goddess Yellamma on the full moon night in January.
Saundatti, Karnataka; India.

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