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The Living Goddess: A Journey into the Heart of Kathmandu / Tree, Isabella
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The Living Goddess: A Journey into the Heart of Kathmandu
Tree, Isabella
 
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  Book ID : 42584
  ISBN-10 : 0-670-08663-0 / 0670086630
  ISBN-13 : 978-0-670-08663-4 / 9780670086634
  Place of Publication : Delhi
  Year of Publication : 2014
  Edition : (First Edition)
  Language : English
  400p., 22 cm.
   
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To Nepalis the Living Goddess is the embodiment of Devi. Legends swirl about her. But the facts remain shrouded in secrecy and closely guarded by the Living Goddess’s priests and caretakers. Why are Buddhist girls worshipped by Hindu monarchs? Are the initiation rituals as macabre as they are rumoured to be? And what happens to Living Goddesses once they attain puberty? Using myth, religion, history and her unprecedented access to the priests, caretakers and former Living Goddesses, Isabella Tree takes us deep into this hidden world. Through it she draws a vivid portrait of the girl-goddess, the beliefs and practices of traditional Nepal, and the uneasy journey it now makes towards modernity. Deeply felt and written over many years of travel and research, The Living Goddess is a profound, compelling and extremely moving book.
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