A skull washed up on the river bank, some bones sticking up out of the water. Most people’s bodies get cremated in the open air by the river in Varanasi and their ashes are thrown in to the river. Some categories of people, however, like babies under 5 years old, pregnant women or Brahmins (hindu monks) aren’t cremated because it’s believed that their souls are already pure. So their bodies are weighed down in to the Ganges with some rocks. This is supposed to keep their bodies at the bottom of the river but it doesn’t always work. On this boat trip we saw a full humam body and lots of other bones washed up on the shore.

By: thisisnotspicy

Aug 07 2009

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Category: Benares/Varanasi (18)

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