A mother with slightly buckteeth was sitting on the side of the road in Kathmandu. She was holding a little girl on her lap. When I asked her if I could take her picture, she stuttered a bit. On the other hand, the pretty girl was looking at the camera with a clear face. She looked as if she was used to being photographed.
The girl's eyes were trimmed with black paint. This is a kind of eyeliner called kajal. It's not a fashionable thing to do, but it's meant to protect the child from evil eyes.
The mortality rate of young children is still high in South Asia, and it is not unusual to see a child wearing a kajal while walking around town. It seems that in India, as in Japan in the past, there is a sense that "children up to the age of seven are of God".
|Nov 2009 NEPAL PEOPLE|
|DAUGHTER KAJAL KATHMANDU MOTHER PARENT AND CHILD|
November 12, 2009
November 30, 2021
CANON EOS 1V
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