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The Nepalese believe their living goddesses, or Kumaris, are manifestations of divine female energy that protects them from evils such as earthquakes and civil war

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Girl Power: The Nepalese believe their living goddesses, or Kumaris, are manifestations of divine female energy that protects them from evils such as earthquakes and civil war. Here, Patan’s Kumari, age eleven.

Young Nepalese girls dressed in the outfit of a Kumari, the living goddess, pose during Kumari Puja rituals at Hanuman Dhoka in Durbar Square of Kathmandu on September 17, 2013. Some 504 girls under the age of nine from across the country have been brought to the temple for mass worship, protection from evil, and good luck in the future. Kumari, or Kumari Devi, is the tradition of worshiping young pre-pubescent girls as manifestations of the divine female energy or devi in Hindu religious…

Young Nepalese girls dressed in the outfit of a Kumari, the living goddess, pose during Kumari Puja rituals at Hanuman Dhoka in Durbar Square of Kathmandu on September 2013

Kumari, Samita Bajracharya, Nepal, living goddess

Ornate: Nepals living goddess locally known as Kumari, Samita Bajracharya, watches the last day of Rato Machhendranath chariot festival in Patan, outskirts of Katmandu, Nepal. I'm hoping for a glimpse of the goddess when I'm in Kathmandu this fall.

Newari girl, Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepali girl (Nepal is the country that Mt. Everest, the world's highest mountain, is in).

Old Gurung lady, Nepal

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Little Brides - Portrait of two beautiful Nepalese girls of Newar community, dressed up for their very first marriage (Ihi). Shot in Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal

Little Brides - Portrait of two beautiful Nepalese girls of Newar community, dressed up for their very first marriage (Ihi). Shot in Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal Travel Tour Trek Nepal

Nepalese women in their traditional dresses perform a dance during a function to observe Nepal  Fifth Republic Day, in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, May 28, 2012. The fifth Republic Day was observed to commemorate the day when the first meeting of the elected Constituent Assembly (CA) declared Nepal a Republic and abolished the 240-year old monarchy. Photo: AP / SL    www.seattlepi.com

This is an image of Nepalese women in traditional dresses. They are performing on a national holiday in Nepal, Nepal Fifth Republic Day, when the 240 year old monarchy was abolished.