a deity on a pension

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 29, 2007

"There's nothing I don't like about being a goddess," reported the 10-year-old Nepalese visitor to Washington. While I confess that I'm short on experience, I don't think I'd mind being a goddess, either.

Not that it's all fun. "It was difficult when I was younger to get up at 4 to bathe for the morning prayers." Still it seems to me that if you're the goddess, you should be able to schedule prayers when it's convenient for you.

Devotees believe that the goddess Kali inhabits the girls, though they do not exhibit unusual behavior, and then the goddess leaves them when they reach puberty. After that, the girls retire with a small pension. They are free to work and marry.

Still I think their husbands should put them on pedestals. It's only right.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 1:51 AM ET USA

    How are we to blame for her reduction in status? Her religion and people made the decision, not us nor anything we did. She wasn't allowed to leave her country and she did. She may have been "polluted" by our Western civilization ( and unproven accusation) but that's not the reason she's no longer a goddess.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 05, 2007 2:11 PM ET USA

    Tragically? I understand what you're saying about the US polluting other cultures, but at the same time some of those cultures should never have existed in the first place. A literal worship of any human (outside Christ, as the Messiah), should be condemned by the entire world. The fact that this is happening to an obviously unbelieving pre-pubescant girl based (at least to a large degree) on looks is just disturbing. I'm just saying that our own capitalistic culture isn't entirely bad.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 04, 2007 12:39 PM ET USA

    ...thinking one could have a much longer career as a seer...

  • Posted by: - Jul. 04, 2007 10:01 AM ET USA

    "Well, apparently she's not a goddess anymore." Tragically, correct... And the reason...? A clear indication of what our "enlightened" Western Culture does to people who come to this country eager to experience our "benefits..." It says much about us (that we pollute others) "Mercy...!" JP

  • Posted by: - Jul. 03, 2007 2:42 PM ET USA

    Well, apparently she's not a goddess anymore. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,287839,00.html It's funny though, people actually think themselves able to declare somebody a god and have it be so, and then revoke it just as easily. Now that's power!

  • Posted by: - Jul. 01, 2007 6:30 PM ET USA

    This is incredibly weird. The public at large accepts this ridiculous goddess stuff, yet viciously attacks Catholics for loving the Blessed Mother.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 30, 2007 2:31 PM ET USA

    JTJ: My take: Sacraments use the physical to impart and express the divine, so not totally off base! I think this does show our desire to know through our senses. I would add that purity is a value our culture could use a little of. Not sure how you meant "accessible in created beings". We should conform ourselves to Christ, "be" Christ in our willing service, reflect God's love to others, even see him in them. But the "God" we can see in ourselves and others is limited which he himself is not.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 30, 2007 1:24 PM ET USA

    How do they know the goddess Kali inhabits the girls if they "do not exhibit unusual behavior." What if more than one girl claims to be channeling Kali? It all seems a tad flaky to me, but I guess it's good work if you can get it.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 29, 2007 10:06 PM ET USA

    Re: comment by "adamah": I got a good giggle out of that one! It was an "Uncle Di Caliber" joke! :-D

  • Posted by: - Jun. 29, 2007 8:30 PM ET USA

    My understanding (I am a convert) is that in every form of error there is some truth being sought. What seems to me to be the case, reading the article referred to, is that the principle behind all this - and a very real one - is the sacramental principle - that God works through and is accessible in created beings. As a fairly new Catholic, I wonder if anyone can tell me whether I am totally off base here.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 29, 2007 4:58 PM ET USA

    As I recall, Kali was the deity served by the Thuggee sect in India until the British suppressed its murderous version of worship in the 19th century. I think one of John Masters' novels deals with it.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 29, 2007 12:23 PM ET USA

    While I don't consider my wife to be a goddess, I do consider her to be a queen. However, if you never see any mention of me on this site ever again it would indicate that I angered her and she smote me.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 29, 2007 12:00 PM ET USA

    Too bad, they have searched for the Almighty where He can't be found: "No one has ever seen God. The only Son, God, who is at the Father's side, has revealed him."