Thursday, June 14, 2007

A Little Goddess (For Real!)

Nine-year-old Sajani Shakya is venerated as a deity in the Katmandu valley of Nepal.

"She's a very remarkable kid. She's cheeky, funny, mischievous; she is able to relate to her work — she takes it very seriously and knows what to do. Whether that means she's divine, I think that depends on your religious persuasion."

The Kumaris are Buddhist girls believed to be inhabited by a Hindu goddess, so they're seen as symbols of religious tolerance. For centuries, the goddesses were used by kings to legitimize their rule.

A documentary was made about her. Unfortunately she loses her goddess status when she reaches menses.

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