Visit to US cost 'Living Goddess" her title

Filed under: Development/Milestones: Babies

Several weeks ago, I read a story in The New York Times regarding a "Living Goddess" from Nepal. According to the article, Sajani Shakya, who is 10, was in town to promote a documentary about the living goddesses of Nepal.

There are currently twelve living goddesses, who are believed to be reincarnations of the Hindu goddess Kali. The goddesses, who are worshiped, are chosen at the age of two after Hindu and Buddhist priests consult a horoscope and find a girl who meets "the 32 perfections."

Wow...that's a lot of pressure for a kid. Even more so, the child's own family worships her.

The original article mentions how Sajani was the first Living Goddess to visit the United States, because they are kept in seclusion. Turns out that local religious leaders weren't happy with this trip, which they consider "impure" and "against tradition." Sajani has lost her title of Living Goddess.

Religious leaders are still discussing if she should receive her pension. The goddesses retire at puberty and then receive a monthly stipend.

Even before she lost her title, Sajani, who wants to be a teacher and used her monthly salary to help support her family, said she felt said about returning to normal life.

"When I'm not a goddess anymore," said Sajani, "no one will treat me as well as they treat me now."

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.