Newsletter   Secure Checkout   View Cart (0 items)  
Search:    Welcome Guest! Save up to 30-40% on most items with our awesome everyday discounts!

The Virgin Goddess [Paperback]

Our Price $ 18.17  
Retail Value $ 25.95  
You Save $ 7.79  (30%)  
Item Number 269821  
Buy New $18.17
Out Of Stock!
Currently Out Of Stock
Currently unavailable...

Item description for The Virgin Goddess by Anjali Paul...

The Virgin Goddess is a meticulously researched story of a girl who was selected as the Royal Kumari of Kathmandu, Nepal at the age of four. A Kumari is a pre-pubescent girl who is worshipped as a living goddess until she begins to menstruate - unless she suffers an accident involving the loss of a large amount of blood, in which case she is replaced at that time. All being well, she is only deposed at puberty, when she rejoins her family - and society - as an ordinary girl, while another pre-pubescent girl takes her place as the living goddess. The prevailing trend is to de-mystify such ancient traditions - but this novel, which is the only one ever to have been written about this subject, exuberantly re-mystifies it, revealing a clear-eyed understanding of the deep spiritual knowledge which nourishes this cultural practice.

The heroine of The Virgin Goddess is called Archita Shakya. The novel tells the story of her life as the Kumari and her attempts to adjust to life afterwards. When she is deposed she returns to her family and acquires an education which is cut short during the pro-democracy struggles in Nepal of 1989-1990. Her marriage is arranged to a man who is murdered on their wedding night. She escapes from Kathmandu with the help of her childhood friend who facilitates her flight by arranging a new identity for her. On her escape journey she is robbed and left for dead. However, she survives (though she suffers temporary amnesia) and marries an English artist who does not know that she was the Kumari. He takes her to London with him. In England she attempts to make her mark as an artist, but is committed to a psychiatric hospital after her second husband dies. By the time she comes out she has lost her original identity completely.

While telling Archita Shakya's story the novel explores the impact of cultural background and conditioning, religion, power, and status on personal identity.

Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at!

Item Specifications...

Pages   524
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.82" Width: 5.98" Height: 1.5"
Weight:   1.68 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Publisher   Kennedy & Boyd
ISBN  1904999247  
ISBN13  9781904999249  

Availability  0 units.

More About Anjali Paul

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Are You The Artisan or Author behind this product?
Improve our customers experience by registering for an Artisan Biography Center Homepage.

Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Romance > Contemporary > General
2Books > Subjects > Romance > General

Reviews - What do customers think about The Virgin Goddess?

Be the first to write a review about The Virgin Goddess

Ask A Question or Provide Feedback regarding The Virgin Goddess

Item Feedback and Product Questions
For immediate assistance call 888.395.0572 during the hours of 10am thru 8pm EST Monday thru Friday and a customer care representative will be happy to help you!

Help us continuously improve our service by reporting your feedback or questions below:

I have a question regarding this product
The information above is incorrect or conflicting
The page has misspellings or incorrect grammar
The page did not load correctly in my browser or created an error.

Email Address:
Anti Spam Question. To combat spammers we require that you answer a simple question.
What color is the sky?
Leave This Blank :
Do Not Change This Text :

Add This Product Widget To Your Website

Looking to add this information to your own website? Then use our Product Widget to allow you to display product information in a frame that is 120 pixels wide by 240 pixels high.

    Copy and paste the following HTML into your website and enjoy!

Order toll-free weekdays 10am thru 10pm EST by phone: 1-888-395-0572 (Lines are closed on holidays & weekends.)
Customer Service | My Account | Track My Orders | Return Policy | Request Free Catalog | Email Newsletter

Gift Certificates
RSS Feeds
About Us
Contact Us
Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy