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From Goddess To Mortal

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Shows a combination of innocence and power as reflected through the narratives the Rashmila Shakya.
Paperback, 152 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Vajra Bookshop (first published September 30th 2007)
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Brian
When I was in eighth grade, our English class read Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" (if you haven't ever read it, it's here: http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/...). We read the story out loud, and upon completion our teacher asked a shocked room of students for their take on what the story had to say. I've never been able to forget that first reading and the impact it's had on me: cultures that are foreign to us can do some things that seem odd, immoral or even insane to us - but t ...more
Anja Weber
Apr 09, 2012 Anja Weber rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Sometimes life could be rough even you have been once up on the time selected to bee ass child incarnation of Goodess Kumari. Old tradition of Nepal told by Rasmila Shakya, ex Kumari.. About traditions, life in the temple during the childhood, and everything what is happen when you are over 12 and the priesthood by tradition is locking for new Kumari, alive new Goddess.
What is happennig during the time in temple and after when new life, common is as it learning to run life in normal world so di
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Sarah
Having just come from Kathmandu and seeing the current Kumari girl in Durbar Square, I was interested to know more about the tradition.
Luckily this book dispels many of the more disturbing rumours (108 buffalo heads to terrify the child, banned from seeing family, expelled at the first sign of blood).
In fact I was surprised (and disappointed) at how readily the false stories were told to visitors considering it would have been a good opportunity to correct the bad press.
Meghan Edmonds
Reading it in a hotel room in Khatmandu after seeing the current Kumari and then going to see her again really gave it context. It was interesting and an insight into a culture that most of us know little about. Educational more than anything. Glad I read it but that's about it.
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Ive been fascinated by this ever since I read about it in an article as a teenager.
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