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Arriving in India, Amy Carmichael sees little children married to pagan priests for temple prostitution. Amy rescues these children and provides a safe, healthy home for them. Amy Carmichael: Let the Little Children Come [Lois Hoadley Dick] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Arriving in India, Amy Carmichael sees.
A dancer begins to tap her foot to the rhythm, then her hips sway, her hands undulate until, leaping into the center like an uncoiling spring, she and the drum merge and are one. Today the classical dances of the devadasis are performed as entertainment on stages of the world The child, age eight or nine, was dressed like a bride and taken with another girl of the same community dressed like a boy in the garb of a bridegroom.
They both went to the temple to worship the idol. The girl sat facing the god , and the priest gave her flowers and a sandal.
He recited mantras and lighted the sacred fire. The tali—marriage symbol—was She was now married to the god, without her knowledge, knowing nothing of the implications.
Many babies were given to temple women because it was very meritorious to give a child to the gods. If the child was old enough to miss her mother, she was very carefully watched until she had forgotten her. Sometimes she was shut up in the back part of the temple house and punished if she ran out into the street. Sometimes a child was branded with a hot iron under the arm where it did not show. Sometimes she got just a whipping. Every temple had a garbha-griha — a womb house—where an idol stood, representing the god , and behind the god the power of Satan.
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