Girls in Nepal are being worshipped as goddesses
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
It’s a tradition that’s believed to ward off bad luck and disease
The girls who participate are usually younger than seven
They are seen as earthly incarnations of divine feminine energy
and manifestations of the goddess ‘Taleju’
(SOUNDBITE) (Nepali) KATHMANDU RESIDENT, RAJAN MAHARAJAN, SAYING:
"We always pray to the goddesses and gods for the wellbeing of children and their health. This tradition of worshipping the girls undergoes three forms- Hinduism, Buddhism, and Tantrism. We believe that after undergoing this ritual, none of the girls participating in it would have any health problems in future."