The goddess was not at the window

Trip Start Dec 28, 2004
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Wednesday, November 9, 2005

here i am in kathmandu and im loving it! people are a bit nicer and its more laid back then the suicidal pace of life the indians are engaged in and best of all, they kill cows so there is steak for everyone!! i think about 10% of why i like it here so much is because the food is so much better then in india. as far as travel worries, the kathmandu valley is safe pretty much all the time and there are a lot of travellers. the rest of the country can be so so but there is a ceasefire for another month due to the holidays so i doubt ill be getting bombed anytime soon.

ive been looking around the city a bit and visiting the various temples. its all very confusing because buddhism and hinduism is all entertwined and entangled. i went to the monkey temple yesterday which is so named because of the HUGE troop of monkey's that make the hill their home. the temple is nepals most famous manmade landmark and is at the top of about 400 stairs. a nice brisk climb to say the least. reaching the top you are afforded a eagles eye view of the valley while walking amongst the temple buildings and trying to avoid the squabbling monkey's

the day before i went to durbar square which is a loose collection of about 40 smallish hindu temples. this is where the living goddess kumari lives. the short version is that a girl is chosen from a particular caste of gold smiths at around age 4 or 5 to be a living goddess...the way they choose is pretty elaborate but part of it is the same as the dali lama where they pick out items they used in their past incarnation. the girl (goddess) is holed up in this building and only allowed out in public about 6 times a year for various ceremonies. she is no longer a goddess upon her first period (or first serious blood loss). i got into the courtyard of the building but the goddess was not at the window so no picture LOL
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