Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Goddess Visits USA

In a City of Power Brokers, a Young Visitor Who Is Truly Worshipped

In Nepal, The Goddess Kali is believed to incarnate in certain chosen young girls. Sajani Shakya is one such 10 year old Goddess, and she's touring the USA to promote a documentary called "Living Goddess":

...WASHINGTON, June 13 — Even by the standards of the luminaries who sweep through Washington, the little girl in front of Lafayette Elementary School almost six miles north of the White House was special. Politicians, power brokers and the occasional celebrities who come through town hope to be respected and maybe, in a childlike place in their grown-up hearts, genuinely liked. Sajani Shakya, 10, is worshipped. In Nepal, Sajani is a living goddess, one of about a dozen such goddesses in her homeland who are considered earthly manifestations of the Hindu goddess Kali...

...Devotees believe that the goddess Kali inhabits the girls, though they do not exhibit unusual behavior, and then the goddess leaves them when they reach puberty. After that, the girls retire with a small pension. They are free to work and marry.

“...The idea of virginal, premenstrual purity, it does seem like a contradiction with worshipping a feminine divine,” said Rachel McDermott, associate professor in the department of Asian and Middle Eastern cultures at Barnard College, “but in all this, there is the devotion to purity....”

One school boy asked if there are boy Gods. Apparently there are, but they are not worshipped like the girls. Ishbel Whitaker, director of a documentary about the girl Goddesses added:

"...And one day year, all the girls are worshipped as goddesses..."

Smart people, those Nepalese!

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