Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu temple and one of the most important Shiva temples in Nepal.
It's situated along the Bagmati river, a holy river. There are several burning gaths along the river side and two of them are for royalty only. I was 'lucky' enough to witness a royal cremation. I had to keep looking through my camera, otherwise I would have been sick or too embaressed. Although it's a common ritual, you do feel like an intruder.
This was a quite decisive moment; the flowers that were first on the body, are thrown in the river before the body is set on fire.
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manny (21833) 2004-04-15 23:15
You did capture a decisive moment here Femke. This is a documentary shot that TE is for. Nice colors od red and orange to break the dullness of the background and the powerful emotion of the occassion.
touristdidi (8578) 2004-04-16 2:53
Very good..... I have photos from many times I have been there. Death is part of life, not hidden like in western cultures.
nwoehnl (122) 2004-04-16 4:37
Wow, what a timing to capture the moment that the burning flowers are in the air, being thrown down into the water. If that's not a "decisive moment" I don't think I ever saw one. A genuinely interesting scene. Like you write it appears to be intrusive by European standards, but from what I also heard from friends who have been there it is an everyday sight. The "array of feet" at the top bothered me a bit at first, but the longer I look at the photo the more I think it actually adds to the composition and the moment that is depicted. Very impressive, Femke.
avigur_11 (22031) 2004-04-16 9:18
Wow, you caught it in the perfect moment. The thrown flower look like fire. I agree with what you say - sometimes the camera help us to feel remote and not connected to the scene. It's a wonderful way to see things without really "be inside".
A very good shot, Femke.
pamastro (7218) 2004-04-18 1:53
Very nicely captured moment. The space really is there in this photo. I can sense the space between the flowers and the wall and the stairs setbacks. The colors are nicely rendered. Probably what gives the flowers that feel of really sticking out beyond the wall. Very nicely captured!
ChrisJ (91290) 2004-04-18 3:51
I always feel intrusive in this kind of ceromonial ritual. I may post some of my Pashuputinath shots later. The army uniforms of the soldiers top left is a good social commentary on the current Maoist separatist problems in Nepal. Well seen.
dominique (11414) 2004-04-20 18:31
What a scene, do not have translate the note but imagines what goes last, is the habit in this pay I think! a good framing and the picture are interesting and also strange, well considering.
clodreno (0) 2004-04-22 8:57
i like this but too bad the people on top are cut.. Still nice scene
- Copyright: Femke van der Horst (femkevdh) (2633)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-03-15
- Categories: Daily Life, Ceremony, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000
- Exposure: f/7.6
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: my first trip to the far east;Nepal
- Theme(s): The temples of Nepal [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-04-15 17:54