Faces in Colors

 

Hindu holy men cover themselves with ash or chalk, and paint their faces in accordance with the deity they have devoted themselves to. The ash represents their death to their worldly life – in fact, many of them are required to attend their own funeral as part of their holy training.

Kumari Devi are pre-pubescent girls, believed to be the reincarnation of the Hindu goddess Durga – also called Taleju in Nepal. They are chosen based on several physical characteristics, but also have to pass a series of tests.

 

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