Apr 18, 2012

Facing Death in Varanasi, Part 1

At Manikarnika Ghat dead bodies are being cremated 24 hours a day every day

Piles of firewood await some of the most intimate rituals of life and death

Before being sold

Some of the scenes are not for faint-hearted

Especially at night during a power cut

At the same time few hundred meters down the river Ganga Aarti ritual gathers thousands of piligrims every evening

Some watch from boats

Some watch through telescopic lense (felt like every Korean in town had one)

But all equally enjoy the show

Finishing touches of the ceremony

And a group photo of ritual performers, who could well pass any Bollywood casting

And a beautiful baby girl


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