Nepal's Retired Goddesses to Get Pensions
Girls lose their exalted status at puberty
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2014 1:45 PM CST
A young Nepalese girl dressed as a Kumari smiles in this 2013 file photo.   (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

(Newser) – It can be tough making the transition from living goddess to mere mortal, so the Nepalese government is here to help. The nation's retired Kumaris will soon get the equivalent of about $160 a month, reports the Economic Times. Kumaris, for the uninitiated, are young girls chosen to be worshiped as the aforementioned living goddesses, a title they have to give up once they reach puberty. Hence, the new pensions, which as of now will go to 10 ex-goddesses.

"Although most of the Kumaris come from well-to-do families, they miss a vital period of their lives and often lag behind in our increasingly competitive society," a government official tells AFP. The government also will try to make sure the girls get proper education and job training once they lose their status, reports the Hindustan Times, which adds that the tradition of worshiping pre-pubescent girls dates back to the 17th century. (In other Nepal news, the discovery of an ancient timber shrine may have changed history.)

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Anthony Franquiz
Jan 15, 2014 12:22 PM CST
WTF!!! Before puberty you're a little goddess but once the menstrual cycle kicks in you're just another "bleeding douchebag" This BS screams male invented Patriarchal gibberish to subjugate the female populace!!!
Sphinx
Jan 15, 2014 5:57 AM CST
Umm... this is seriously messed up. I feel really bad for these children and their families.
Ezekiel 25:17
Jan 14, 2014 11:19 PM CST
Think the \/\/hore of Babylon meets Brittany Spears.