B. Kunju Lakshmee Amma, Trivandrum

Lakshmee worked as a maidservant for many years, but remains poor because she is a devout Hindu who channels her limited income into pujas (daily worship). An only child and widow without children, she inherited her house from her parents, and is cared for by former employers. Her ancestors were temple workers, participating in elaborate religious activities and supported financially by the temple. Some of these workers continue in their professions, but for the most part temple workers have had to find new occupations.



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