Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2003

Abstract

Central to Goethe's ballad, "Der Gott und die Bajadere" ["The God and the Bailadeira"] are two Indian customs: l) the tradition of the "Devadasi" in local Hindu temples and 2) the tradition of "Sati" (= wife) immolation, both cultural practices now forbidden by law but still practiced in some parts of India.

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