Legend into Flesh...
There are 11 living Goddesses in Nepal known as Kumari or virgin. The most important one is the Royal Kumari in Kathmandu. These young girls are regarded as embodiments of the fierce female deity Durga, the Universal Mother.
They are chosen at 4 or 5 years of age from the Shakya clan, the gold and silversmith clan to which Buddha belonged. The girl must pass 32 strict physical requirements, ranging from eye colour and shape of teeth to the sound of their voices, their bodies must have no scars or marks.
They are subjected to many rigorous tests. Being surrounded by terrifying noises in a dark room, men dancing around them in horrific masks and sleeping amongst severed, bloody buffalo heads.
Once selected, the girl/goddess never walks, she is always carried. She has no name and leaves her family to live in semi-isolation. She is dressed only in red and gold and wears the 3rd eye or Tika on her forehead.
She commands more power among her people than almost any living person, and yet at the loss of a tooth, or begins to menstruate she immediately reverts to mortality. She blesses the King annually, an event considered essential for his successful reign. There are a few legends about the origins of the Kumari, one of which is this:
A king was playing a dice game with his companion, the Goddess Telaju, and was filled with desire for her as she was extremely beautiful. However Telaju can read his amorous thoughts, and the game ends abruptly. She rises from the board and condemns the king to the humiliations of his own flesh.
From now on, she says, if he sees or speaks to her, it will never again be in her form as Goddess.
Instead, he must leave the palace and worship her in the body of a virgin girl of low caste.
Few Kumari marry after their Goddess life is over, as it's considered bad luck to marry an ex-Goddess.
The girls are believed to retain some of their divine power, and the idea of a girl in whom the demon-slaying, blood-drinking Durga once dwelt is daunting to a prospective husband. Usually the girls have to rely on their families to survive as they are very unprepared for real life