noun (plural devadasis /-sēz/)
A hereditary female dancer and courtesan in a Hindu temple.
- It is believed by some scholars to be more than 3,000 years old and was once performed by Hindu temple dancers, or devadasis.
- On the Indian subcontinent, one of many forms of dance involves the devadasis, or temple dancers, who dance in the context of temple rituals.
- During his long ‘unlearning spree’, he travelled from the Himalayas to Kerala, lending his ear to swamis, gurus and devadasis: the erotic scenes in his film came out of conversation with a 92-year-old devadasi he met in Andhra Pradesh.
From Sanskrit devadāsī, literally 'female servant of a god'.
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