Nepal’s Controversial Child Goddess

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One of the most important deities in Nepal is just 9-years-old. She is a Kumari, a living child goddess. But, why are activists trying to end Kumari worship?

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The Very Strange Life Of Nepal’s Child Goddess
http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/05/28/410074105/the-very-strange-life-of-nepals-child-goddess
“Last month’s earthquake brought much of Kathmandu’s historic Durbar Square, a World Heritage Site, tumbling to the ground.”

Feminism for goddesses: does kumari worship empower girls?
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/mar/05/india-hinduism-goddesses-feminism-global-development
“In a yearly festival celebrating goddess Gangamma in the south Indian city of Tirupati, men assume the form of women.”

Nepal’s living goddess who still has to do homework
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27885141
“Samita Bajracharya is a 12-year-old Nepalese girl who lives with her family, studies hard, and enjoys playing a Nepali version of the lute.”

The Fascinating World Of Kumari, Nepal’s Living Goddesses (PHOTOS)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/25/kumari-nepal-living-goddess_n_5107543.html
“Though in some traditions goddesses exist only in the spiritual realm, in Nepal they live and breathe.”

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