by Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 2 May 2014

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.