Photographer's Note

Thug - Derived from the Sanskrit word "Sthag" (to deceive) this black practise of robbing and killing travellers, mainly trader caravans, was practised in the Central East and North India in the 12th century.

Rising to a fever pitch in October every year,( the time of Kali Puja)this activity of entering a caravan under the guise of being holy men and killing all at night by strangling with a "rumaal" ( long handkerchief)and robbing them was done in the name of the Goddess Kali!

Part of the loot was offered as a share to Kali. It is rumoured that this black brotherhood even had influential businessmen in its closely guarded membership!

No woman was ever harmed. Gender bias???

Subsequent to the arrival of Lord William Bentinck as Viceroy the cult of Thuggee lost over seven thousand followers to the gallows. Within 3 years it was dead as a cult......

and now, 150 years later, I met these two pretending to be holy men...Kali is alive and well in India...why should not her followers be????

To answer your first question before its asked....No I dont scare easily..:-)

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