“In Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley, a small group of young girls, like Kumari Dangol, pictured here, are worshipped as living goddesses, known as Kumaris. After a priest identifies a girl as being the embodiment of Kumari — who is worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists — the child is thought to be able to heal the sick and see into the future. “It is an honor to be chosen as a Kumari,” said @stephsinclairpix, who photographed the girls while on assignment for @natgeo, “but also a burden.” Of the 10 child goddesses in Nepal today, the most important ones are carried everywhere they go, because their feet can’t touch the ground. But the position does not last forever. After girls menstruate for the first time, or bleeds from a cut, the goddess is said to leave them and they returns to being normal, everyday girls. @stephsinclairpix’s photos of Kumaris are showing this week at the Visa Pour l’Image photography festival in Perpignan, France.” By nytimes on Instagram.
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