LIVING GODDESS
Living goddess
The isolated life of Nepal's living goddess and returning to normal life

To be anointed as a "kumari", a living embodiment of the Hindu goddess Taleju, is a dream for many girls and their parents in Nepal. But only few children can become the most celebrated figure in the country. Little girl is worshipped by Buddhists, Hindus, royals and government officials until her first menstruation. Then, she is replaced by another "goddess". Being Kumari is a challenging role. At the age of three a child is taken from parents to live in isolation for the next 10 years. But rejoining the society after retiring the life of living goddess is even harder. How does it feel to be a god and then mortal– a story of 5-year-old current Kumari, 12-year-old and 60-year-old ex-goddesses.