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The Boudhanath Stupa, Tibetan Buddhism's most holy shrine in Nepal The Boudhanath Stupa, Tibetan Buddhism's most holy shrine in Nepal Mom and daughter visiting the Boudha Stupa Mom and daughter visiting the Boudha Stupa This little one has a great perch from which to view her surroundings This little one has a great perch from which to view her surroundings A couple of girls in Ratna Park, the Central Park of Kathmandu, quite happy to be on camera A couple of girls in Ratna Park, the Central Park of Kathmandu, quite happy to be on camera A group of Hindu holy men passing the day near Ratna Park A group of Hindu holy men passing the day near Ratna Park Another holy man Another holy man The gatekeeper of the Ratna Park pay restrooms , here giving her son a bath . . . 1 rupee or 2, depending on how you have to use the bathroom The gatekeeper of the Ratna Park pay restrooms , here giving her son a bath . . . 1 rupee or 2, depending on how you have to use the bathroom Men getting their heads shaved in the park . . . custom dictates that Hindu males shave their heads after a relative dies Men getting their heads shaved in the park . . . custom dictates that  Hindu males shave their heads after a relative dies This lady sold peeps (not the Easter kind) near the entrance to Ratna Park This lady sold peeps (not the Easter kind) near the entrance to Ratna Park Another holy man passing the day away in the park Another holy man passing the day away in the park Apparently today was some sort of holiday or festival, as the girls' foreheads have been smudged with puja poweder Apparently today was some sort of holiday or festival, as the girls' foreheads have been smudged with puja poweder The peep herder of Ratna Park The peep herder of Ratna Park Snake charmer! Snake charmer! I found these girls walking home from school outside the city, in the northern part of the Kathmandu Valley I found these girls walking home from school outside the city, in the northern part of  the Kathmandu Valley Losar celebrations at the Boudha Stupa Losar celebrations at the Boudha Stupa Tibetan Buddhist monks at the Boudha Stupa to celebrate Losar Tibetan Buddhist monks at the Boudha Stupa to celebrate Losar Tibetan carpets drying at a monastery near the Boudha Stupa Tibetan carpets drying at a monastery near the Boudha Stupa These girls' families make their living as illegal vendors in Ratna Park These girls' families make their living as illegal vendors in Ratna Park Selling Indian treats through a hole in the fence at Ratna Park Selling Indian treats through a hole in the fence at Ratna Park Ladies of the night, out during the day at Ratna Park Ladies of the night, out during the day at Ratna Park Hindu priests performing cremation rituals at Pashupatinath, Hinduism's most holy site in Nepal Hindu priests performing cremation rituals at Pashupatinath, Hinduism's most holy site in Nepal Jerry with his wife, Mary Ellen, amongst the prayer flags at Nagi Gompa Jerry with his wife, Mary Ellen, amongst the prayer flags at Nagi Gompa The nuns of Nagi Gompa The nuns of Nagi Gompa Washing carrots in the filthy Bagmati River Washing carrots in the filthy Bagmati River More faces of those who make their living off Ratna Park More faces of those who make their living off Ratna Park At Ratna Park At Ratna Park Tika powder for sale Tika powder for sale The monks of Kopan Monastery practicing their debate skills in the monastery courtyard The monks of Kopan Monastery practicing their debate skills in the monastery courtyard These shopkeepers create intricate art on the sidewalk for Laxmi puja . . . Laxmi is the goddess of wealth, so they're showing her the way to their shops with the adorned mud path These shopkeepers create intricate art on the sidewalk for Laxmi puja . . . Laxmi is the goddess of wealth, so they're showing her the way to their shops with the adorned mud path Jerry with a ganja-smoking sadhu (Indian ascetic), at Pashupatinath cremation ghats Jerry with a ganja-smoking sadhu (Indian ascetic), at Pashupatinath cremation ghats Two young monks playing a game in the beautiful grass of Kopan Monastery Two young monks playing a game in the beautiful grass of Kopan Monastery Good cop . . . Good cop . . . . . . bad cop . . . bad cop A mountain of prayer flags blowing in the wind at Boudha Stupa A mountain of prayer flags blowing in the wind at Boudha Stupa Whitewashing the dome of Boudha Stupa Whitewashing the dome of Boudha Stupa More prayer flags More prayer flags Boudha Stupa Boudha Stupa Boudha Stupa Boudha Stupa There's lots of actions in the neighborhoods around Boudha There's lots of actions in the neighborhoods around Boudha Bright-eyed and positive street kids of Kathmandu Bright-eyed and positive street kids of Kathmandu
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