There is a tradition in Nepal of appointing a Royal Kumari, a living goddess whose body is to be inhabited by the goddess Taleju. The living goddess plays a key role in important Nepalese festivals and her blessing is required for the continued authority of the monarchy. The living goddess is worshipped and her every wish is met. She gets to live in a palace, has great wealth at her disposal, and her every need attended to by her devotees.Sounds lovely?
Sounds also like a wonderful tradition of goddess-worship in which Woman is fully appreciated?
Think again. There are more than a few catches.