The Ghost Eater at Kagbeni

The Ghost Eater at Kagbeni

We went sightseeing, in the afternoon and found the Keni or Ghost Eater statue that guards the Kagbeni North Gate. A fearsome figure, he is endowed with an extraordinary large set of male genitals.  A female Ghost Eater with large orange-nippled breasts guards the South Gate. It is debatable whether these effigies are remnants of the pre-Buddhist religion, Bon-Po or are of the animistic traditions. They are strategically placed, to eat all the ghosts who might dare to enter the town. Zombies also have a difficult time because the doors are deliberately made small and they can’t pass through them because they are unable to bend. Every time they attempt to enter, they crack their heads on the door frames.