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Kumaris, the Living Goddesses, of Nepal (or Kathmandu Valley)


My latest in Koseli: छातामुनी पिसकोर. Previous: गुगल, गाई र रिक्सा
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Patan Kumari

Though I have been hearing about the Kumari tradition of Nepal (all these cute girls who are considered living goddesses and are almost always clad in dark gajal and red outfits) I hadn’t seen them directly until recently. A few days ago a Chinese reporter freelancing to an American publication for stories about Nepal hired me as his translator and fixer. Thus a few visits to Kumari Ghars (houses of Kumaris) of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. The Kathmandu Kumari, virgin girl who is considered the living goddess by believers, was inaccessible to the general public except that tourists and curios onlookers get to see her at a certain time of the day from the ground floor when she appears on a window of the Ghar). Continue reading