15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
The Living Goddess of Nepal is carried home

The Living Goddess of Patan is carried home by relatives after making an appearance in a Festival. She is only allowed to leave the building 18 times a year, can’t touch the ground with her feet or speak to anyone except her family. She must be replaced once she has had her first period or bleeds for any reason.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Nepal
Camera: NIKON D750
Copyright: © Maria Contreras Coll