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My fascination for village life became even stronger when wandering through Bishnoi villages. The Bishnoi are a sect that lives in villages scattered in the dessert off Jodhpur.

The Bishnoi were ecologists avant la lettre. They know nature and grow with it rather then exploiting it. They never cut any trees and only use the wood when branches have fallen off or when a tree has died. Quit incredible if you consider that they need this wood for cooking but also to warm them on cold winter nights.
They also believe they will reincarnate as a deer and hold animal life sacred. They are strictly vegetarian.

Bishnoi men are dressed in white, while the women wear the most colourful (mainly red) dresses and intriguing jewellery making their beauty even more memorable.

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  • Copyright: Sabine Schoep (Bien) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 380 W: 47 N: 954] (4745)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-11-25
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Camera: Nikon D50
  • Exposure: f/5.3, 1/125 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2007-12-03 7:48
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