Life of a Kumari Goddess: The Young Girls Whose Feet Never Touch Ground

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Life of a Kumari Goddess: The Young Girls Whose Feet Never Touch Ground

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Larry Hampton
link   seeder  Larry Hampton    last year
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The Kumari goddess is a very honored deity in Nepal.
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Kumari is manifested in a young girl’s body.
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Since the Malla Dynasty the three cities [of Katmandu Valley]
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have each had their own Kumari.
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It is a tradition that has been going on for a long time.
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During the monarchy system, the queen would make the selection.
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But now the head priest takes [the children] and selects one.
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From what we had heard, they keep them in a dark room
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and perform prayers rituals, which they don’t show us.
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They look for the signs, and look at the qualities and make their selection.
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It is called Battis Lakshanas (32 physical perfections).
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It is called Battis Lakshanas (32 physical perfections).
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It is called Battis Lakshanas (32 physical perfections).
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My daughter became the Kumari goddess at age five.
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Now it's been two years.
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Nepal’s goddess is fluid and all encompassing. She manifests herself in Kumari.
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For centuries, Kumari have watched over Kathmandu. Many of the country’s leaders still seek their blessing to legitimize their rule.
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To maintain her purity, Kumari’s feet must never touch the ground, and she may only speak to her immediate family.
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She is dismissed when she gets her period, and a new Kumari must be selected.
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I used to work as a craftman. Now I have to watch over things here.
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I did not have any desire to keep my daughter as Kumari.
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It was destined for us.
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The challenge is that she cannot go anywhere.
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She sits there if people come visit and worship.
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She is only allowed to talk to her family.
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She often talks to us. She is happy.
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My name is Bipsa Bajracharya
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and I am Kumari’s elder sister.
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I help her with her homework
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while she is inside she cannot have contact with others,
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so I help her to have contact with others.
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She was very interest in eyeliner;
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she was interested in flowers;
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she was very interested in listening to the stories of goddess
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from a young age.
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She sometimes read the story books. It's about the princess....
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Cinderella, Snow White and that one.
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She also likes to play the violin.
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Kumari only leaves her temple to watch over religious festivals in Kathmandu.
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One of the most important is Bhoto Jatra,
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the culmination of a month long festival for rain and compassion.
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When Napalis have festivals,
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everyone comes with their children to bow.
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I'm Sumika Boyrachasya;
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I am the former Kumari of Patan.
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Maybe around 11-years-old I had my first periods,
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all the world turning upside down for me.
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It was a bit sad moment for the whole family and for me as well.
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So after that like, like I used to continue, so no more poojas,
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no more visitors, no more like going on out to festivals
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and life just went in a slow pace.
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I was the first Kumari who got education.
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I work in a communications organization.
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I'm doing my masters study as well.
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So, I'm balancing both my work and my studies too.
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Since I know I was a Kumari every moment was precious,
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so it was never difficult for me.
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I don’t expect people to respect me.
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I don’t like go around and say I'm Kumari and you have to respect me.
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I don’t do that. It's the feeling of the people,
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if they feel they can, if they don’t I don’t mind.
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The tradition has changed a lot from past till me being Kumari.
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So, I don’t have big dreams, but let’s hope.
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I have big hopes,
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so like the field I'm working then I do have big hopes in that field too.
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After becoming a goddess, there aren’t any challenges in itself.
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That’s the thing.
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You’d call that her power.
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I made my daughter Kumari for the sake of honor
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out of respect to this age old tradition.
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It will be difficult to make the transition back into society,
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but we are already working towards that.
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I have time to set everything up.
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She is already studying so that,
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eventually when she goes to school, it will not be that hard.
 
 
Enoch
link   Enoch  replied to  Larry Hampton   last year

Dear Friend Larry Hampton: Thanks for sharing this most interesting article.

I was not aware of this.

Peace and Abundant Blessings Always to You and Yours.

Enoch.

 
 
Kavika
link   Kavika     last year

Very interesting article Larry.

I was unaware of this and found it to be most interesting.

 
 
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