When water sources dried up for the village of Samzong, a village in Nepal’s rural Upper Mustang region, residents built 18 new homes in a new village, Namashung. But there’s no road between the two places, so cattle and valuable property remain in Samzong – and so do about half of the members of the village’s families.
For centuries, Buddhists belonging to Nepal’s Newar caste have been making and selling metal statues and figurines of their sacred deities. But more members of the caste are choosing other careers, and with demand for the sacred sculptures growing, Newar members are revealing the secrets of their art to Nepalese from other castes.
In Nepal, many families view the birth of a baby girl as an economic burden. To reduce sex-selective abortion, one city in Nepal is encouraging families to keep their daughters - and it’s paying them for having baby girls.