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In Nepal, the Kumaris are prepubescent girls who are selected as the incarnation of the great goddess Devi, or the divine feminine principle shakti. These girls live in palaces in the center of Kathmandu and other Nepalese cities, where they perform rituals, bless devotees, and are carried out on palanquins in jatra processions. When the girl experiences her first period, she leaves the palace and resumes life as a normal person, and a new Kumari is selected.
girl, young woman