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When God Is a Customer: Telugu Courtesan Songs by Ksetrayya and Others

When God Is a Customer Telugu Courtesan Songs by Ksetrayya and Others How is it that this woman s breasts glimmer so clearly through her saree Can t you guess my friends What are they but rays from the crescents left by the nails of her lover pressing her in his passio

  • Title: When God Is a Customer: Telugu Courtesan Songs by Ksetrayya and Others
  • Author: A.K. Ramanujan Velcheru Narayana Rao David Dean Shulman
  • ISBN: 9780520080690
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Paperback
  • How is it that this woman s breasts glimmer so clearly through her saree Can t you guess, my friends What are they but rays from the crescents left by the nails of her lover pressing her in his passion, rays now luminous as the moonlight of a summer night These South Indian devotional poems show the dramatic use of erotic language to express a religious vision Written bHow is it that this woman s breasts glimmer so clearly through her saree Can t you guess, my friends What are they but rays from the crescents left by the nails of her lover pressing her in his passion, rays now luminous as the moonlight of a summer night These South Indian devotional poems show the dramatic use of erotic language to express a religious vision Written by men during the fifteenth to eighteenth century, the poems adopt a female voice, the voice of a courtesan addressing her customer That customer, it turns out, is the deity, whom the courtesan teases for his infidelities and cajoles into paying her money Brazen, autonomous, fully at home in her body, she merges her worldly knowledge with the deity s transcendent power in the act of making love.This volume is the first substantial collection in English of these Telugu writings, which are still part of the standard repertoire of songs used by classical South Indian dancers A foreword provides context for the poems, investigating their religious, cultural, and historical significance Explored, too, are the attempts to contain their explicit eroticism by various apologetic and rationalizing devices.The translators, who are poets as well as highly respected scholars, render the poems with intelligence and tenderness Unusual for their combination of overt eroticism and devotion to God, these poems are a delight to read.

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    1 thought on “When God Is a Customer: Telugu Courtesan Songs by Ksetrayya and Others

    1. An intriguing collections of Teluga padams that mimic the devadasi tradition and devotional bhakti.

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