the corpse was wrapped in a white cotton cloth overlaid in an ochre one. a garland of small white flowers stretched along the length of the body. it had been deposited at the top of the steps leading down to the Baghmati River, as if abandoned. no one seemed to be tending to it, no one sat beside it grieving, passers-by did not glance at it. a few yards away women were shampooing their hair and washing pots in the river, indifferent to its presence..
Cremation in Pashupatinath Ghat, Katmandu/Nepal
Pashupatinat is the Nepal's most important Hindu temple, which stands on the banks of holy Bagmati river. the long stretch along the Baghmati river is devoted to cremations. a bridge divides the royal site upriver, from the commoner cremation sites downriver.. the Baghmati feeds into the Ganga, which spills out into the indian ocean, the ultimate point of dissolution and regeneration.. the burning ghats (called Arya ghats) just in front of the temple, are for the cremation of royalty. ten members of the royal family were cremated here after the massacre in 2001..
the six square cremation ghats after the bridge are for the common people (like in here). the log fires are laid, the shrouded body lifted on top and the fire lit with a remarkably small ceremony (you can see the feet under the logs..) my first witness for a complete cremation ritual in a ghat. a moving experience. only brahmin pandits are allowed to burn the corpses in Nepal -the two on the left side here-; very opposite of India, it is the outcastes' (Domes) job..
the deceased's family allowed me to take a few pictures.
a closer one is in WS
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dokadak (11518) 2007-02-10 13:46
Basarili bir kadraj, degisik kompozisyon. Ellerine saglik.
wautersw (3647) 2007-02-10 13:46
really impressive shot, very "dark" athmosphere, almost apocalyptic. Very interesting note too.
tober (8797) 2007-02-10 14:10
Böyle bir resim ilk kez görüyorum. Bayağı etkileyici...
tucancr (24) 2007-02-10 14:13
Thanks for sharing such an interesting image. Light is very well used, the composition is outstanding and note is very good.
scalerman (26900) 2007-02-10 14:36
Evren: perhaps the most inventive night scene I've seen from Pashupatinath. As you mentioned it can be a very reflective, maybe unsettling place. As always your preference for shadows and night hues makes this one unique on TE. regards, c
abulafia (4900) 2007-02-10 15:01
I love the dark mood here. The smoke rising from the fire and the dark shadows along with the pixeled look of the shot, really works well.
recepyuksel (17808) 2007-02-10 16:34
Sıradışı ve başarılı, tebrikler
AnimeshRay (9083) 2007-02-10 21:59
A stragely urban, almost industrial, atmosphere to a cremaiton scene that normally one wouldn't associate with the Indian subcontinent. The atmosphere reminds me of a steel mill, or a disaster area. When I read your fine note the full impact becomes more apparent. I like the workshop also.
Furachan (0) 2007-02-11 2:32
Who's ZOLA now, eh, Evren? This extraordinary panorama is straight out of Germinal! this is some picture, breathtaking in its detail and its sweep.
It's been quite a while my frien - you have been busy?
Great stuff, first rate.
wolf38 (30522) 2007-02-11 12:01
Hello Evren. Night. Fire. One recognizes the details only after exact view. A photo with reserved colors and more easily granulation. Very much impressing and terribly. So similarly one must imagine hell. Very well. Best regards, Wolfgang.