In Nepal, a beautiful 3-year-old girl became Nepal's living goddess in 2017. She will now live in the capital city until she hits puberty or the age of 12. Watch our video to learn more and tell us what you think about this tradition.
It's an ancient tradition in Nepal to select a young girl who will be worshipped as the incarnation of the Hindu goddess Taleju. There are several characteristics that the girl must exhibit in order to be chosen to occupy this role, known as Kumari. First, the girls go through a review panel with Hindu priests then they review their horoscopes and physical characteristics.
Trishna Shakya was chosen because she didn't exhibit any body imperfections from her shoulder down. A key rule is that a goddess must not have any physical flaws. Once she reaches 12 years old, they will choose another goddess to replace her. Several child rights activist feel that this tradition shouldn't be allowed because it prevents the girls from having a normal childhood. It's a tough battle between traditional beliefs versus civil rights.
Now 5 years old, the Kathmandu-born girl still has another 7 years to go until she gets the opportunity to reintegrate back into society. Fortunately for her, certain parts of this tradition have evolved and the young girl was afforded an education which should ease her transition back into normal life.