Nepalese Girl

A bride of the Bael tree

The historical inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley are Newar. The people were in the contact zone of Caucasoid and Oriental races. Bindi is a dot on the forehead represents the third eye. But before marriage wearing it is optional and after marriage it’s compulsory. Even 4-year-old girl who have had the wedding ceremony. As a husband for the girl is chosen … the Bael Tree. It symbolizes the supreme god, Narayan, one of the embodiments of Vishnu. So-called «marriage» to a tree does not prevent a girl to marry an ordinary man later. The ritual also saved widowed women from burning themselves together with their husband’s body. She is considered the wife of God.

Newars. This population is the sixth largest population in Nepal (about 26.5 million). Eighty per cent of the population practice Hinduism, 10 per cent — Buddhism. Newars are still divided into the castes. A person’s belonging to a Varna can be determined by family name.

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