NEPAL, Kathmandu : Young Nepalese girls dressed in the outfit of a Kumari, the living goddess, pose during Kumari Puja rituals at Hanuman Dhoka in Durbar Square of Kathmandu on September 17, 2013. Some 504 girls under the age of nine from across the country have been brought to the temple for mass worship, protection from evil, and good luck in the future. Kumari, or Kumari Devi, is the tradition of worshiping young pre-pubescent girls as manifestations of the divine female energy or devi in Hindu religious traditions. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA

NEPAL, Kathmandu : Young Nepalese girls dressed in the outfit of a Kumari, the living goddess, pose during Kumari Puja rituals at Hanuman Dhoka in Durbar Square of Kathmandu on September 17, 2013. Some 504 girls under the age of nine from across the country have been brought to the temple for mass worship, protection from evil, and good luck in the future. Kumari, or Kumari Devi, is the tradition of worshiping young pre-pubescent girls as manifestations of the divine female energy or devi in Hindu religious traditions. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA

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