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Nepal's 'Living Goddess' Unscathed in Earthquake

When the deadly earthquake battered Nepal last week, major temples and statues in Kathmandu’s Darbar Square were leveled, but the home of a 9-year-old girl worshipped as a living goddess remained almost unscathed. "She protected us," said Durga Shakya, the caretaker of the Kumari house, who like all her entourage is from the Newar community indigenous to the Kathmandu valley. Kumari, the city’s living child goddess, is the best known of the girls who are worshipped as the...

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