<pRajan Maharjan, a former guardian of the Living Goddess Kumari, recalled a September 2008 riot that broke out after Nepal's then-Maoist government cut funding and subsidies for Indra Jatra and other festivals.
<p"The Nepalese government shows and sells our festivals and cultures to the world for tourism, but us being the preserver, what do we get?" Maharjan said.
<pOthers, though, are determined to keep the tradition alive. Walking barefoot in heavy masks and jewelry in the oldest part of Kathmandu, the dancers say they hope to get financial support so they can pass on an ancient festival to the next generation.