The Kumari, Bungamati, Nepal. The Kumari is considered by Hindus and some Buddhists to be the living embodiment of the goddess Taleju. The child is selected by religious leaders after passing a series of tests to determine her innocence and worthiness, according to Shambu, my Nepali guide.
Ceremonial dress on a religious holiday. I told the Kumari she was beautiful and she kept repeating the word in exaggerated syllables "Buw-tee-full."
The Kumari's lovely attendant - possibly her mother - who looks after her.
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