Kumari in Kathmandu, Nepal: Living pre-pubescent girls are believed to be the earthly manifestations of divine female energy, incarnations of the goddess known as Taleju. There can be as many as 13 Kumari at any one time, and the practice can be dated as far back as the 17th century. At the onset of menses, the Kumari are retired and begin life as mere mortals, experiencing the world for the very first time. [more inside]
Sleeping Katmandu. A brief account by a friend of mine of how he was caught up in the recent unrest in Nepal*.
Nepal: A traumatised nation. 'Besides the physical cost of the conflict, many Nepalis are suffering hidden psychological trauma.' Looking at the war in Nepal. This as Maoists blockade Kathmandu.