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The Resource The living goddess : a journey into the heart of Kathmandu, Isabella Tree

The living goddess : a journey into the heart of Kathmandu, Isabella Tree

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The living goddess : a journey into the heart of Kathmandu
Title
The living goddess
Title remainder
a journey into the heart of Kathmandu
Statement of responsibility
Isabella Tree
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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 shrouded in secrecy and closely guarded by dynasties of priests and caretakers. Why is a Buddhist girl worshipped by autocratic Hindu rulers? Are the initiation rituals as macabre as they are rumoured to be? And what fate awaits the Living Goddesses when they attain puberty and are dismissed from their role? Weaving together myth, religious belief, modern history and court gossip, Isabella Tree takes us on a compelling and fascinating journey to the esoteric, hidden heart of Nepal. Through her unprecedented access to the many layers of Nepalese society, she is able to put the country's troubled modern history in the context of the complex spiritual beliefs and practices that inform the role of the little girl at its centre. Deeply felt, emotionally engaged and written after over a decade of travel and research, The Living Goddess is a compassionate and illuminating enquiry into this reclusive Himalayan country a revelation
Cataloging source
UKMGB
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1964-
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Tree, Isabella
Dewey number
915.496
Index
no index present
LC call number
DS495.8.K3
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Tree, Isabella
  • Kathmandu (Nepal)
Label
The living goddess : a journey into the heart of Kathmandu, Isabella Tree
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiii, 367 pages
Isbn
9781780600468
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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maps
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  • ocn898155577
  • (OCoLC)898155577
Label
The living goddess : a journey into the heart of Kathmandu, Isabella Tree
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiii, 367 pages
Isbn
9781780600468
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • ocn898155577
  • (OCoLC)898155577

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