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Along a narrow ghat in Varanasi in between the old city and "the burning ghat" I took this picture of three sadhu's while on a river cruise in a shaky row boat. One of these sadhu's whose face is rubbed with ash (and possibly the two other men) is a follower of Shiva. I believe followers of Shiva will rub their face and body with ash from a "sacred fire" to symbolize renouncement of worldly possessions and for other reasons that I'm unable to recall. I know white symbolizes mourning and renouncement in the Hindu religion.

This picture was taken a little further out and cropped down to display the intensity of the man on the left's stare. I don't think they realized I was taking a photo of them because I used my 55-300 Nikkor DS zoom lens.

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  • Copyright: Tracey Footer (jtkitty) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 2 N: 19] (392)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-10-07
  • Categories: Ceremony
  • Camera: Nikon D60
  • Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-02-16 6:59
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