A Definitive Text? A remarkable book came into my possession a few years ago and has always intrigued me. It was a small book by Shizuki Obuchi called How to Shoot Little Girls. Its 49 little chapters seem to cover just about every aspect of shooting little girls in the nude. It is my hope that readers will come forward and help translate this work so that interesting details and anecdotes might be included in a future post about the photographer. The first three chapters have already been translated by a Japanese student (and is also responsible for translating the Sawatari notes as well). Moko also took part and transcribed a few of the chapters as well. Please take a look and, for those who are able, please assist in having this translated. I would also appreciate suggestions for programs that can be purchased that can provide better translations than that offered by Google Translate.
Living Goddess: In recent new, Nepal just elected its new kumari. In some ways they are almost a living work of art. This practice also stirs some ambivalence because although these girls almost certainly have a better life than the vast majority of children in Nepal, they are also a kind of slave from the time they’re chosen until they reach puberty and lose their goddess status. My only exposure to this event was an episode of The Human Animal hosted by Desmond Morris. As part of his illustration on status displays, he points out how the Nepali kumari, though a diminutive girl, must be raised on a high carriage to reflect her high status in public.
Fellow Worshipers: Christian has found an excellent site online that has a lot of detailed information about Samuel Clemens’ Anglefish girls. A comment was included at the end of the post with a link to another site which discusses the topic.