So, you want to grow up to be a goddess my daughters? Well, I think you would be disappointed. Here’s the story I read in the newspaper this morning. Nepal anointed a 3-year-old girl, Matani Shakya, as a living goddess. What does this mean? Well, first she had to go through many tests as follows, according to the AP Press:
The judges read the candidates’ horoscopes and check each one for physical imperfections. The living goddess must have perfect hair, eyes, teeth and skin with no scars, and should not be afraid of the dark.
As a final test, the living goddess must spend a night alone in a room among the heads of ritually slaughtered goats and buffaloes without showing fear.
Now, as a Mother of 2 girls I have to ask the question: Are you freakin’ kidding me? As if living in isolation until the day the “kumari” starts her period and then is thrown back into society with her family where she can’t adjust to “normal” life isn’t enough; she then will most likely never marry because it is believed that she is now “cursed” and any man who marries her will die at a young age. So she will be in isolation her whole life…an outcast. My heart just sank when reading this article. Some say that it is their culture and religion and it’s none of our business. We can’t possibly understand it. Is female circumcision okay because it is culture based? I know wrong when I see it. As a mother I know this is wrong.
I think it was Paul Harvey who said: “We are not one world.” Ain’t that the truth!
Read the complete AP Press article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081007/ap_on_re_as/as_nepal_living_goddess or check out CrabMommy’s take on it at: http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/parenting/note-to-little-girls-living-like-a-goddess-not-so-great-281835/?posted=1