Kirsten Wagenaar

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The Golden Child

In Cut and Paste on December 31, 2007 at 2:00 pm

I was inspired by a story a dear friend told me. While traveling she witnessed the Living Goddess of Nepal in all her jeweled splendor traveling through Kathmandu city in a three tiered chariot.

Kumari Devi as the Goddess is named, is selected at an early age. After passing the preliminary test (concerned with 32 attributes of perfection, including the colour of her eyes, the shape of her teeth and the sound of her voice) the 4 to 7 year girls are made to confront a goddess in the darkened room. The real goddess is unlikely to be frightened, so the one who is calm and collected throughout the tests is the only girl who is entitled to sit on the pedestal for worship as the Living Goddess. As a final test similar to that of the Dalai Lama, the Kumari then chooses items of clothing and decoration worn by her predecessor.

Under normal circumstances, her days as the Living Goddess come to an end with her first menstruation, but if she turns out to be unlucky, as they say, even a minor scratch on her body that bleeds can make her invalid for worship. She then changes back to the status of normal mortal and the search of a new Kumari begins. It is said to be unlucky to marry an ex-Kumari.

Source: visitnepal.com

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Christmas Eve

In Cut and Paste on December 24, 2007 at 1:56 pm

More than just Christmas, I like to consider this period of the year as a time for thought, for wisdom and for evaluating feelings. Who do I see in the mirror, are my priorities still set right and what is becoming of my dreams?

I invite everyone to take these days to enjoy the present, stay with the people you love and create beautiful dreams and hopes that will bring you all the energy you need for another year ahead.

This has always been a period of magical things. Let’s keep believing in the power of it.

Merry Christmas!

I Colori di Niní

In Books on December 15, 2007 at 1:38 pm

Last week we finished our first book!

“I COLORI DI NINI’”( Nini’s colors) is a short children’s story accompanied by 5 illustrations of mine. The story is about a small deer searching for his true colors. The text is written in italian but shall soon be translated in more languages (English, Dutch).

The little book will be available soon at http://www.lulu.com.

Metropolitan Monk

In Cut and Paste on December 8, 2007 at 6:22 pm

During our stay in Italy I was honored to meet a monk working magical tricks with leather. To stay focussed in the heart of temptation is an important mission to him.

Inspired by love, nature and art this monk creates special bags for special people. Working 24 hour a day in his studio in downtown Florence he binds forces with the passion of Japanese geisha’s. Together they create more than just objects.

Remember his name. He is also known as MM Monaco Metropolitano.