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Mariyamman (Mother of smallpox), a plague goddess, Davidian (Tamil) (southern India), is a terrible goddess, one of the navashtis of Kali. She is honored in a ritual which the victims (in penance) are suspended from a rope and an iron hook through the flesh on the back and whittled around a pole.
Also called Mariyattal. A.G.H.
Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993. p. 158