Thursday, August 14, 2008

Replacing the Living Goddess

This just in, thanks to the Religion News RSS feed from The Pew Forum:
Nepal's astrologers are reviewing horoscopes to find the replacement for the current goddess, who is 11. (reported in The Independent)
The 11-year old living goddess has to retire before she starts menstruating because menstruation is "inauspicious." I've never quite thought of menstruation that way; other characterizations come to mind but I didn't dwell on them. Instead, my mind leapt to the rights of post-menopausal goddesses who, if you ask me, would probably be more qualified for the position.

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