Nepal is home to two of the world's great religions, Hinduism and Budhism coexisting harmoniously. The country's population is a potpourri of ethnic and sub-groups. In most ethnic groups, joint and extended, families live in the same house. Women have a hard time of it. Generally they work harder and longer than men. Women only truly gain status in traditional society when they bear their husband a son. Older people are respected members of the community and are cared for by their children. Some women ware nose rings as a symbol for their status. These portraits prove how beautiful and strong they are.