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Bailadeiras of Goa Nogueira, Eduardo


"Bailadeiras" was the name used by Portugueses in Goa to refer to the groups of women who served the Hindu temples. Under this denomination were: the sacred dancers, known as Devadasi, Kalavant or Naiquine (in Sanskrit and Konkani); the Bhavins, responsible for the ritual cleaning of the temple; the Rajadasi, women also associated to the dance rituals of the temple; the Chedvans, women who served a lord and lived in the lands of the temple;

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