Prostitutes of God (Documentary)

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Some parents in India practice the Devadasi tradition, selling their daughters into a life of prostitution, often around the age of 10.

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We traveled to the Indian city of Sangli to meet a group of bolshy sex workers selling their bodies in the name of the Hindu Goddess Yellamma. Local sex worker Anitha invites us for lunch in her brothel; shows us her homemade “sex rooms,” and tells us what it’s like to be a religious prostitute in modern India.

Afterwards we cross the border into Karnataka into the heartlands of the ancient Devadasi tradition to uncover the mystery of the Goddess Yellamma, and find out how a religious icon became a justification for child prostitution. We meet two teenage Devadasis, Mala and Belavva, to talk sex, saris, and how they cope with the deadly threat of HIV.

A dancing transvestite Devadasi steals the limelight in the next phase of our journey, as we travel deeper into the murky world of temple prostitution. He invites us for chai, gives our host a manicure, and teaches us a few tricks of the trade. We explore the home of the most celebrated Devadasi brothel madam in the business to find out how she lures the next generation of girls into the sex trade.

For the grand finale we went to the annual full moon festival in Saundatti, the most prestigious event in the Devadasi calendar. The colour, dancing and celebrations of the festival disguise the darkness of its underlying purpose: child sex trafficking. Here traffickers, pimps and brothel madams come from all over India to recruit young girls and boys into the sex trade in the name of the Goddess Yellamma. On our way home, we are invited to a remote mud hut to meet two older Devadasi women a mother and daughter who reflect back on their lives and ask the question: what kind of religion turns parents into pimps and their children into prostitutes?

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42 thoughts on “Prostitutes of God (Documentary)”

  1. The Ignorance here is absolutely Shattering. The devdasis were initially Musicians,Painters,and Dancers in temples. After the british ravaged and destroyed practically all temple culture, they had no choice but to resort to prostitution. SO the same women who was calling Hinduism Misogynistic, Superstitous;Her ancestors are to blame for this problem. Damn cowards.

  2. I don't understand why you include the name of God in your title. God according to the Bible teaches us to repent and not do prostitution.

    Respect the name of God.

  3. This is mentioned in the bible temple prostitute during King Ahab and Queen Jezebel.
    Evil practise under Goddess of fertility Asherath being one of them worshipping male organ

  4. im sorry the translator is disappointing. Also the Short clip of India's TV Program. Cringey.
    But the topic is interesting. Very interesting that's why I finished watching it

  5. Oh my god, the dog at about 7:30 broke my heart. They should not throw shots like this in with no warning. And I thought my life was hard. To live like this in the street, sick and being unable to move… Since this video is 10 years old, the dog is probably in heaven right now. I hope he/she has found peace.

  6. Hinduism doesn't allow this. Many deviations by ignorant people shouldn't be considered Hinduism. Hinduism is Moral values, and devotion to god, this is so sad to watch, God help them
    Edit: People who are unaware of reality will insult Hinduism. Please do not. This is not permitted as per Hinduism, its a sin

  7. Senseless indians worshipping pussy , cows , dicks and rivers and violating human rights of their own daughters. This was the reason why Muslim invade India to give justice equally

  8. “The inevitable force of western capitalism” ???
    To weave a marxist agenda into the conclusion narrative is astounding.
    You have learned NOTHING from this investigation. The worship and indoctrination of these young girls and a few boys, predates any capitalist system by far. Pitiable circumstances have been spawned by ancient misguided ideas which you further with your leftist western elitism.

  9. By denoting the p world to the lady is the biggest injustice to the character….it is fine to get ur missionary propaganda and convert them to Christianity…but hey r going to allow them to prey in Rome …anyways the ppl who has money to go to moon have started accepting Hinduism without any greeds or force …mind it 🙏🏻

  10. The way the store owner treated those women really bothered me; these women are so strong, most of them do not have a choice but to do this. One woman said her reason was so that her family could have food to eat. It’s beyond heart breaking, I just wish things could be better for them.

  11. I will never understand how a father could do this to his daughter. There’s plenty of prostitution where I live for sure, but a father doing this in the states would either A- get his ass stomped, or B- be imprisoned and then get his ass stomped, or C- another man who has a daughter would shoot him like the dog he is.
    There have been cases of father’s here in the states doing this, but they are rare, as they are not tolerated…..
    Thus the ass stompings. Serves them right.

  12. Love Truth above All Things ❤️
    Accept and Thank the Suffering 💚
    (from the Knowledge of Truth)
    Confront and Illuminate Malevolence 💜

    Tirany is the Seed of its Own Destruction !!!

    From the Unconscious Hell ❤️
    To the Conscious Hell 💚
    Until the Paradise of Consciousness 💜

    Thaaannnk Yooouuu ❤️ 💚 💜

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