Tag Archive for: varanasi

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28/ 100 Buying the Flame of Death

Hindu people are cremated at Varanasi 24 hours a day, with women being strongly discouraged from attending the cremation itself. The principle of creation is that the body's ties with the Earth are broken, sins are burned away and the spirit can achieve Moshka, or enlightenment. 
Cows and the Crematorium
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27/ 100 Cows and the Crematorium

We were told that if you are a Hindu, dying and being cremated in the Indian city of Varanasi, on the banks of the river Ganges, is possibly the best way to end your physical existence. So much so, in fact, that people nearing the end of their lives relocate to the town to be sure that they will be able to have the cremation ritual they want.
Cow drinking from a water tap in the street and dribbling into a water container used to fill up jugs in a cafe.
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8/ 100 Drinking with the Cows

Compared to Western standards food hygiene in India can be quite poor to say the least. I'm certainly not saying that our food is better here in Europe, because it really isn't, it's just that I think we have much stricter rules about food preparation than they do in India.