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The History of Sex and Prostitution in India (Reprint)

The History of Sex and Prostitution in India (Reprint)

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Author:S N Sinha and N K Basu
ISBN 13:9789394797413
Subject:Anthropology and Sociology/Women Studies

About the Book

Prostitution is one of the oldest professions of the world practiced since the birth of the organized society. Prostitution is practiced in almost all the countries and every type of society. In India, the Vedas, the earliest of the known Indian literature, abound in references to prostitution as an organized and established institution. In Indian mythology there are many references of high-class prostitution in the form of celestial demigods acting as prostitutes. They are referred to as Menaka, Rambha, Urvashi and Thilothamma. They are described as perfect embodiments and unsurpassed beauty and feminine charms. They are highly accomplished in music and dance. They entertained divinities and their guest in the court of Lord Indira, the Lord of Hindu Gods. They were also sent to test the real depth of ‘tapasya’ (penance). Prostitution, the system that commodities and dehumanizes the bodies and persons of women and children of both sexes for the use and profit of men, is today the object of an intense and international mainstreaming campaign that is working for the social and political acceptance of the hugely profitable industries of sex.