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Yet another photo thread - India

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cows just chill in India this fella is next to the wood for the funeral pyres.

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On the other side of this pile down a small slope there are human bodies burning.

 

I was told it's really disrespectful to take photos because you might stop someone from escaping the cycle of reincarnation so here's a google image search image

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We walked past several times and they were always burning but as whiteys you get so hassled for cash. If you get seen taking photos you're gonna get really hassled.

 

it was a really trippy thing to see 10 12 bodies burning because by the end you can vaguely see the shapes of bodies etc. it's kind of spiritual

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it's kind of spiritual but if the boat drops you there at night it's pretty much like a vision of hell all the flames and corpses lying around. there aren't too many lights just the flames etc.

the corpses are wrapped in white linen then draped in marigolds. Before being burned the bodies are dunked in the Ganges and then set on the pyres before being soaked with clarified butter.

 

they then burn really really hot

 

(no barbecue smell)

then the bits that don't burn are thrown in the river (the hip bones etc)

 

pretty metal

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Somebody a while back posted a link of all the partial bodies in the Ganges, shit was gnar on a wholly non-spiritual level.

 

I don't know if it was the Ganges actually, and not burned, but just partial bodies. Not to derail w/ gore talk...

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it's kind of spiritual in terms of non spiritual person like me could feel the gravity of the situation.

it looks like hell but at least you're there with your recently deceased and the whole ritual isn't about preserving the memory of the dead but to break the link with them and let them go.

 

iof they are cremated in varanasi they don't have to go through reincarnation so they view it highly.

 

 

yeah bit of the partialbodies that is in Shocking Asia I saw that when I was twelve and it freaked me out.

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finok and ISE from brazil had been here

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there was video of them painting it on 12oz homepage for abit

 

next morning

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Pilgrims game people - the water is just so absolutely filthy they say there is barely any oxygen left in and there is virtually no life in it.

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photo people

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smaller of the burning ghats starting up for the day that smoke is people

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Travelling holy men Sadhus

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guy with the afro was super cheerful

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floating candles on the Ganges

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went out pretty quickly so he relit it for us

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Train to Calcutta

 

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like I said cows just chill out wherever they want

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Seems really interesting, but I am not sure I would want to go there.

 

Being hassled for money and things, annoys the shit out of me.

 

I do like your pics.

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"pointed anti monkey stick"

 

no joke- I should have called it a spear because that's what it was effectively.

 

if one of those monkeys appears out of nowhere and lands on your table their fangs will be at eye level ( rabies etc. etc.)

 

Plus they'll literally steal the food off your plate

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Being hassled for money and things, annoys the shit out of me.

 

it's not so bad they are pretty good natured about it and the numbers of beggars is smaller than I expected.

 

by the end it was wearing a bit thin but you gotta look at it from their perspective.

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