16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
The Living Goddess of Nepal makeup

The father of the Living Goddess of Patan applies some makeup to her daughter in her home inside the Kumari Temple of Patan in Kathmandu Valley. The usual Goddess make up is a black eyeliner and a big red "tikka" on the forehead, that is believed to awake the 3rd eye and to give power. “We were very surprised when she was elected”, he says, “we didn't expect it. We felt very honored, but at the same time we have to learn a lot of things we yet don't know”.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Nepal
Camera: NIKON D750
Copyright: © Maria Contreras Coll