Try Making Sense of This

The headline is “Nepal president endorses child goddess.”

Somehow, the president intends to be taken seriously.

But I can’t get through the article without being amazed that anyone is taking this absurdity seriously:

Three-year-old Matine Shakya was chosen to replace the current Royal Kumari, 12-year-old Kumari Preeti Shakya, because the older girl is close to puberty, after which she will be considered ritually unclean.

The Kumari, which means virgin, must meet 32 strict criteria — including having a “chest like a lion” and “thighs like a deer” — as well as pass tests that include being in a room with sacrificed buffalo and not crying.

Well, she is three… I suppose she’s at least as qualified as Sarah Palin.

  • Milena

    Well, she is three… I suppose she’s at least as qualified as Sarah Palin.

    Oh, zing! That’s harsh – true, but harsh.

  • http://perkyskeptic.blogspot.com/ The Perky Skeptic

    I feel so, so sorry for those poor little girls whose childhood is being taken from them in the name of religion.

  • llewelly

    Everyone who recognizes the sacred Kumari as an avatar of the goddess is a member of the tribe. Everyone who doesn’t, is a despised foreigner.
    It’s just like those wafers. If you believe the wafer turn into Jesus in your mouth, you’re part of the tribe, and if not, you’re a disgusting infidel.
    Religious rituals exist primarily to enable xenophobia.

  • Mark

    Well, she is three… I suppose she’s at least as qualified as Sarah Palin.

    Sarah Palin was elected and re-elected Mayor until term limits forced her out of that job and then she was elected Governor against an incumbent.

    You sure do seem to have a smart mouth but what else have you accomplished in your life to even come close to Governor Palin?

    In fact, if you close your mouth long enough to think for a while then even someone like you might realize that Governor Palin is the only candidate in the election that actually has any executive experience.

  • Jen

    Man, there is nothing that will bring up a girl’s self esteem during that important time around puberty like being told she is ritually unclean. Her teenage years will be totally normal.

  • Ubi Dubium

    Well, between thinking that god can inhabit a wheat thin, and thinking that god can inhabit a beautiful little girl, I know which I find less silly. I feel sorry for the girl, but at least we know she’ll be pretty well cared for. And I understand that she will receive at least some education, and she’s not stuck with this job for life. As ridiculous religious rituals go, this seems one of the least offensive out there.

  • Josh

    In fact, if you close your mouth long enough to think for a while then even someone like you might realize that Governor Palin is the only candidate in the election that actually has any executive experience.

    Yeah, well, George W. Bush now has almost 8 years of ACTUAL PRESIDENTIAL executive experience…how’s THAT working out?

  • laterose

    the older girl is close to puberty, after which she will be considered ritually unclean.

    Remember girls, once your uterus starts clearing itself out in preparation for fertility once a month, you are ritually unclean and no self-respecting goddess will want you as an avatar. Yes. This a great attitude towards perfectly natural bodily functions. -_-

    At the end it mentions that the Royal Kumari is kept locked in a palace. Does she get let out after she’s deemed unclean? What sort of help do the offer her when/if she’s let out? I imagine growing up not being allowed to leave one building, and then suddenly being kicked out would be quite a shock. If that’s what they do.


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