The Living Goddesses

[Kathmandu, May 29. Image via Getty]

Young Nepalese girls, dressed as 'Kumari' - living goddess - perform a religious dance at The Army Parade Ground during celebrations of the first anniversary of Republic Day in Kathmandu on May 29, 2009. The 240-year old Hindu monarchy was abolished by the 601-member constituent assembly a year ago making Nepal the youngest republic. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)