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The Living Goddess of Nepal

The Living Goddess of Patan poses for a portrait in her worshiping room. This nine year old girl has been a goddess for five years. She is believed to be the personification of the Goddess Taleju. In the Hinduism most of the pre-puberty girls, unmarried and virgin, are used in festivities as a symbol of good luck.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Nepal
Camera: NIKON D750
Copyright: © Maria Contreras Coll