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Life of a Kumari Goddess: The Young Girls Whose Feet Never Touch Ground

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Broadly heads to Nepal to witness the centuries-old tradition of worshipping Kumari, a living goddess manifested in the body of a young girl, to see how life is for the sacred children spending their lives in a temple—and what happens when they grow. WATCH NEXT: Ex-Scientology Leader and Trans Icon Kate Bornstein on What It Takes to Survive : http://bit.ly/2atfFnw Subscribe here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-BROADLY Come find us: Broadly | https://broadly.vice.com Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/BroadlyTV Twitter | https://twitter.com/broadly Tumblr | http://broadlytv.tumblr.com Instagram | https://instagram.com/broadly Pinterest | https://www.pinterest.com/broadlytv Newsletter | http://bit.ly/1JKF1oA More videos from the VICE network | https://www.fb.com/vicevideo
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Vie (28 minutes ago)
The only thing that worries me is that weird thing where she's in a dark room with a bunch of priests at 5 years old... Who knows what that's all about, but after that it's probably okay right?
Sultan Gaming (12 hours ago)
The make up make her look like shes wearing a glasses. XD
nun ya (17 hours ago)
This is child abuse..She's a kid she needs to be in playgrounds with other kids.
Wongtee Passali (1 day ago)
Why worship another human being???
Omg she looks evil
Tagy Breiteh (2 days ago)
Poor girls just want to play and live their age
Anayely Moreno (2 days ago)
Y cant even last one Day just one Dat without touchting thr floor
Cutiegirl Ariadne (2 days ago)
I thougt goddesses were immortal though.
Vicki Chen (2 days ago)
Why can’t her feet touch the ground ?
Vicki Chen (2 days ago)
How old is a Kamari usually?
Hayley kwok (3 days ago)
Well tbh I would be wishing to have my period
umm hehe (3 days ago)
all these americans and probably non poc in the comments bashing a culture they don't understand. so close minded. crazy
Judi Tantawy (4 days ago)
Kumari: looks around * *starts aggressively tap dancing* *
beanbean46 (4 days ago)
random lady hitting her kid at 4:07 lmao
Melted Chocolate (4 days ago)
When the teacher uses your name in an example
IV delilah (4 days ago)
4:07 i wonder hwy the mom in purple/pink was hitting her child
Snowwy Day (4 days ago)
The Kumari's temple look so dirty and messy. I wish they will clean it.
Carolina1 (4 days ago)
Now I get it; spoiled, infantile sized Ariana Grande aspires to be this. For those who don't get that, don't worry it's a dumb pop culture reference. Aside from that it is just so unhealthy for anyone to be worshipped that way. All sorts of neurosis begin. I believe in God, but this is the crazy stuff that our invented religions perpetuate to keep us fulfilling their monetary wishes & paying masochistically on some level.
I saw a webtoon comic about this. But I thought that once a girl becomes a kumari, they cannot speak to their family or else their family would be cursed forever??
Anna O'neal (5 days ago)
Everyone is just talking about how sad she looks or how bored she looks... but let’s talk about how angry she looks
Jyotsna Lama (5 days ago)
What if the Kumari was gay and nobody knew about that 🤔🤔
Vaba Shrestha (3 days ago)
How does that matter?? In this scenario??
Jyotsna Lama (5 days ago)
I am sorry I wrote gay instead of lesbian 😅
nouara nouara (5 days ago)
Just look at her eyes...🙄
Gaming Pencil (5 days ago)
What if the Ground came to her ?
Mala Palomera (5 days ago)
So they keep kids in dark rooms and find their perfection that's fucking creepy
Flcwers Gαchα (6 days ago)
Venusxx (6 days ago)
The goddess: * Looks around * *Aggresively puts feet on the ground multiple times*
Simply Crazy (7 days ago)
She's upset
Griselda Bankroll (8 days ago)
02:15 me trying to rap lol
nikki barrow (8 days ago)
Her eyes are sad 🤔😔
Prince Yang (8 days ago)
wow i just found this.... interesting, i would love to go there and hear more. This Earth is amazing man
Familiar party Kumari: *me* All the happy people: *my family*
purrfect Catty (9 days ago)
her eyeliner is longer than my life span lol
Magic_ Muffin 28 (9 days ago)
Imagine a life where you can't smile at all, that's just too.. cruel
Queen Stan (9 days ago)
All I wanna know is: Where is Kama Taj?!
XII XII (9 days ago)
Itz. YaGurlNxka (10 days ago)
Isn’t she just a normal child with make up on?
Peaches (10 days ago)
imagine worshiping your little sister>>> this is very interesting
kunjal H. Jain (10 days ago)
I want to know more about this tradition before making a comment on it
Celia Hall (10 days ago)
Yeah she looks real happy
She looks enbarresed af.. I feel bad..
min yoona9793 (10 days ago)
I dont think she is happy... That looks boring
Nazreen Rizvi (11 days ago)
OMG . No words of it .
David Godfrey (11 days ago)
Courtney (12 days ago)
No offense, but what the fuck is wrong with people's minds? How do grown adults feed into this shit..
What’spoppin (12 days ago)
She also looks incredibly unhappy
What’spoppin (12 days ago)
Why would you add subtitles over subtitles? So confusing to try and read
stetkal (12 days ago)
Shaine Jordan (13 days ago)
Imagine her watching memes then laughing around when remembering the memes hahahahaj
Victoria Rose Kavanagh (13 days ago)
What if I decided I was a God? No one would worship me
Bitoy Amarillas (14 days ago)
Does she already have her period???
Bitoy Amarillas (14 days ago)
That girl looks sad and she looks like shes gonna kill someone if she already have her period
Fizzle Puff (14 days ago)
Does she like it though?? I know that it's mentioned that she's happy but there's a possibility that she could be lying
94KX (14 days ago)
Meanwhile, the rest of us gain weight each time we sit. How does this young lady pull it off?
Raina Kim (15 days ago)
I've read a webtoon of a girl who's a Kumari? I thought it was an old tradition..
ash sawyer (15 days ago)
She lost her childhood life.How can that not make her sad.
peaches_ andcreammm (16 days ago)
You guys should read the webtoon for the sake of sita! It also talks about this
What if she wanna quite it?
•Dark Velvet• (16 days ago)
There is a story about this in webtoon
4:07 that woman with purple skarf🤣
Alissa Hargrove (17 days ago)
Her: is the floors lava challenge done yet? Me:idk
• Ivy • (18 days ago)
Its like over reacting about the ground
Cayla Love (18 days ago)
Bless this poor child...how long must she sit....
Saurya Shrestha (18 days ago)
Haha so this is how the media is huh? I definitely see the contrast; media's fake portrayal vs reality. I have lived in this country for years. I know that girls that get chosen to become Kumari are very happy. Our Newari philosophy says that the goddess cannot get any form of skin damage- not even a scratch. If the kid looses a teeth, they change the representative. And, this pattern keeps continuing. It's not like their lives are doomed. When they agree upon being a Kumari, they are also showing respect to their family. Comments, stop attacking others' cultures just because you don't have any.
Angkang Tube (19 days ago)
Lol 😂 stupid nepalis
Hmm can't she ride one of those Paul blart mall cop scooter things around lol
Starsung (19 days ago)
Alright.i think the only thing bugging me is that she CAN'T smile or else the person who she smiles at gets cursed. Like..what? Think about suppressing your smile because you think your smile can curse someone... Well atleast she can smile at her parents
Starsung (19 days ago)
Who's here "for the sake of Sita?"😂
Tabarak Al-delaimi (19 days ago)
I kinda feel bad for her....
Undine Lux (21 days ago)
There are so many questions left 😕 When her feet aren‘t allowed to touch the ground, can she even walk???
burhan Colorado (23 days ago)
Ignorance is the source of all evil and animalistic life. How can they worship a mere human being
THE BERAPIT GAMER (23 days ago)
Huh farcry 4 Is that tarun matara?
Stella Selv (23 days ago)
Girls are kept in a dark room before selection?? What were the priest doing to the kids???
Theo Da boss (24 days ago)
How isn't she fat?
Vilja Skriko (24 days ago)
That is non sense her childhood is ruined, she can't play like others her age, she has to just sit every day. She can't go to anywhere and is forced to be quiet. Imagine how hard and painful that is for young girl, who thought she could have a happy life
Limelight Lopez (24 days ago)
How do you become a Kumari 🤔?
Angelica Schuyler (24 days ago)
This is horrible. She has no childhood now..that’s a curse to me
Layla Hendricks (26 days ago)
Can she walk?
OPZ ** (26 days ago)
Im just wondering if her feet never touch the ground how does she go poop?? This tradition totally ???? How can you be a goddess then you get your period your not??? There's no such thing as a living goddess
lil li (23 days ago)
OPZ ** it’s only during that time in the temple she doesn’t put her feet on the ground so she has time to poop when she’s with her family. And it’s until she sheds blood which includes menstruation.
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Fluffy Puppy (27 days ago)
4:54 why does that little girl look just like me when I was around her age????
Zaret Plays (27 days ago)
Did you see a mom slap her kid 😱
Kristan Collins (29 days ago)
I wonder how many of them ever lied about when they got their period.
Swishask8 (29 days ago)
Their priests are pedophiles tf
Yung Noodle (29 days ago)
Child abuse tbh
C S (29 days ago)
I feel sorry for her tbh. I can go on but that’s the gist of it.
Addy Knapp (29 days ago)
So...why is this important again...?
Sophie xx (30 days ago)
2:41 "she is happy" I know she must not smile but it breaks my heart she is a child she should play with toys and smile ):
Amna (30 days ago)
This is better than being a child bride...It is a real danger in many country.
Anna Luisa Rossini (1 month ago)
This is so fucking stupid. Jesus Christ. 😧
Old Maharlika TV (1 month ago)
Anyone who worships idols(false god) they are deceived! She's a human not god! It is totally blasphemy!!! Repent and turn back to God Jesus Christ!!!
Arcadia Ardana (1 month ago)
If I could like👍 this a trillion times I would! ☦️🙏🙌
Xavaer (1 month ago)
What the hell. 🤦‍♀️
Blahdola King (1 month ago)
Floor is lava champion
Catherine Narzary (1 month ago)
American's would be like wtf you are doing wtf I am doing
madhu j (1 month ago)
It’s their ritual please don’t make fun of anything
Movie trailer (1 month ago)
Child hood ruined
Kylie Vicron (1 month ago)
I bet she's thinking......... "*I can't wait to get my period*" 😂😂😂
GirlPower189 - (21 days ago)
+Kylie Vicron ik but she's too lucky to think that that's what I meant
Kylie Vicron (21 days ago)
+GirlPower189 - Until she gets her period, then they pick a new one
GirlPower189 - (21 days ago)
Nope she isn't she's a goddess
meatpyramid (1 month ago)
Basically they are praying the virgins that’s what harun matara is
lovesparkle45 (1 month ago)
People in the comments are so triggering.
Able Puentes (1 month ago)
This tradition is nothing but bull corn

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