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Holy Holi!

March 21, 2011


Humanity in general loves spring. We like the flowers that bloom, the return of the daylight hours, and the warmth in the air. Around the world, religious celebrations and the changing seasons seem to go hand-in-hand — in the states we have Easter, Passover, and the Spring Equinox, all marking the coming of new life. […]

Happy Birthday, Shiva!

March 6, 2011


This week, the Hindu population of Kathmandu had reason to celebrate. The ladies wore their finest saris or kurtas bedazzled all over with silver and gold, while the men gathered in big, roving groups with mischievous glints in their eyes. Little children drank too much “bhang”—yogurt mixed with cannabis—and had to take to their beds […]

Sadhus A Go-Go!

December 14, 2010


In the Pilgrimage to Pashupatinath post I promised to post pictures of sadhus (Hindu holy men) that we saw at the temple. Here they are. These fellows were hanging out at the shrines on the banks of the Bagmati River, but you see sadhus at many a holy site all throughout Nepal. The sadhu lifestyle, […]

Pilgrimage to Pashupatinath

November 20, 2010


Pashupati Temple is kind of a big deal. It’s the biggest and oldest Hindu temple in Nepal — it’s such a big deal that people around the world travel there on a pilgrimage. But lucky for Taylor and me, it’s right down the street from our neighborhood. The temple is built on the Bagmati River, […]

After Tihar: City-wide hangover

November 10, 2010


Think you can party hardy? Thought you were pretty wild during your college days? Then you ought to try bringing the party to Nepal during Tihar, because I’ll bet you this country can out-celebrate and out-party even *you* during their festival of lights. So Tihar — also known as Diwali in some circles — is […]

The big, bad, bamboo swing

November 1, 2010


Just a few weeks ago, all of Nepal celebrated Dasain, the biggest national holiday of the year. It’s a two-week-long event that involves family gatherings, animal sacrifices, offerings to the gods, blessings, and lots of food and drink. We lonely Westerners didn’t have family to visit, so we weren’t privy to all the festivities that […]

The day I saw a living goddess

October 5, 2010


How many people can say they’ve seen a living goddess? In Nepal, quite a few. Some Fulbright folks (and me, their resident tag-along) got the chance to see one a few weekends ago at Indra Jathra, a Nepali festival celebrating the end of the monsoon season. Some Hindus and Buddhists believe the Kumari is a […]