From Buddha to Mao

Kesang Tseten



The yearly festival of the procession of the unwieldy 65-foot tall wooden chariot honouring the Buddhist deity Rato Machhendranath is the country’s greatest cultural spectacle. But even as they celebrate, Nepalis know that the failure of the chariot procession to complete the journey bodes calamity. What will the Red God predict about the country’s fragile transition to peace and democracy?


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