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Bharatanatyam: eroticism, devotion, and a return to tradition

by Steine, Taylor

Abstract

The classical Indian dance style of Bharatanatyam evolved out of the sadir dance of the devadāsīs. Through the colonial period, the dance style underwent major changes and continues to evolve today. This paper aims to examine the elements of eroticism and devotion within both the sadir dance style and the contemporary Bharatanatyam. The erotic is viewed as a religious path to devotion and salvation in the Hindu religion and I will analyze why this eroticism is seen as religious and what makes it so vital to understanding and connecting with the divine, especially through the embodied practices of religious dance.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:25784
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
34 pages
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Coleman, Tracy
Department/Program
Religion
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2016-05