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Devotional vows are more familiar and are treated in the chapters by Harman, Pechilis, Uddin, and Narayanan. In these, the deity is known, indeed often beloved, to the vowtaking supplicant. Nondevotional vows differ. They are intended to appease a supernatural power not particularly well-known or not particularly pleasing to the person taking the vow. Both kinds of vows are concerned with specific goals, and, in Raj’s view, at least half of them are directed toward achieving fertility— human, agricultural, animal.

Servants of the Goddess: The Priests of a South Indian Temple. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Harman, William. ” Manushi: A Journal of Women’s Studies, 140: 2–16. ———. 1989. The Sacred Marriage of a Hindu Goddess. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Negotiating Relationships with the Goddess 41 ———. 1985. ” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 53, 3: 411–30. McGee, Mary. 1987. d. dissertation, Harvard University. Moreno-Arcas, Manuel. 1984. D. dissertation, University of Chicago.

She recognized the patil5 and the policeman and was scared. ” Nana raised his voice even more, “It’s all right to ask for grain, that we’ll give. ” At the mention of the rooster Tatya quaked inwardly. His eyes turned toward the house. Still he answered calmly, “How would I know, Nana? After all, it’s open land. ” “True enough! But how could he manage to get a chicken in the pen? ” “Nana, I swear on my child I’m telling you the truth! ” At that moment, the cock crowed loud and long. The cramped and frightened bird cackled noisily.

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