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The Living Goddess : A journey into the heart of Kathmandu

Author: Isabella Tree
Publisher: London : Eland, 2015. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In a small medieval palace on Kathmandu's Durbar Square lives Nepal's famous Living Goddess - a child as young as three who is chosen from a caste of Buddhist goldsmiths to watch over the country and protect its people. To Nepalis she is the embodiment of Devi (the universal goddess) and for centuries their Hindu kings have sought her blessing to legitimize their rule. Legends swirl about her, for the facts are  Read more...
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Named Person: Isabella Tree; Isabella Tree
Document Type: Book
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ISBN: 9781780600468 1780600461
OCLC Number: 898155577
Description: xiii, 367 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
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In a small medieval palace on Kathmandu's Durbar Square lives Nepal's famous Living Goddess - a child as young as three who is chosen from a caste of Buddhist goldsmiths to watch over the country and  Read more...

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