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The Kumaris of Kathmandu: In Nepal, young girls are revered as immortal goddesses until they reach womanhood

In Nepal, tradition has it that young Buddhist girls are tried for 32 rounds of ‘perfection’ tests in the selection process to become a Kumari, or the living representation of Hindu goddess Kali.

A Kumari is largely isolated from normal life and worshipped until she reaches puberty, after which she gives up her ‘throne’ to the next chosen child and returns home to live a normal life. Dubai-based photographer Clint McClean was able to photograph one such Kumari getting into goddess mode for the day and giving blessings to worshippers in the temple she lives in.

Kumari
Kumari
Kumari

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Low Lai Chow travels light and is working on exercising demons from her past. Find out more about her at lowlaichow.com.

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