Nepal in pictures

An extra from Blood speaks

This 13-image slideshow features more pictures from Rose George’s trip to western Nepal to explore the impact of menstrual taboos.

 


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Mangu Bika, age 14. Surkhet district, Nepal. Menstruating women are not allowed to bathe. In certain villages, the luckier women are allowed to, but only after the third day of menstruation. Even then they must use a separate source of water from the rest of the village.


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Chhaupadi shed. Narci village, Nepal.


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Overview of Surkhet district.


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Radha Bishwa Karma, age 16. Surkhet district. While observing chhaupadi she has to stand behind the toilet and cannot enter the house for fear that she might pollute the environment and bring bad spirits onto her family.


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Women observing the ritual intended to wash away sins committed during menstruation at the annual Rishi Panchami festival, Kathmandu, Nepal.


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Women at the Rishi Panchami festival.


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Schoolgirls from Tatopani School, Tatopani, Nepal.


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Basket making, Tatopani.


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Surkhet district.


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Woman breastfeeding, Narci village.


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Surkhet district.


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Children, Tatopani.


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Girls from Tatopani School.