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Cremations

By Jasper87  
These cremation ghats are part of the Pashupatinath Temple complex. Entry to the precinct is forbidden to non-Hindus but tourists and visitors (and their cameras) are accepted on the bridge and opposite bank of the river. The river is the Bagmati, regarded as holy as it flows into the Ganges, and the ashes are swept into it after cremation. The youths in the river are searching for pieces of gold and jewellery which has survived the fire. Needless to say this was the dry season and the river not much more than a puddle!


Many thanks for looking, any comments/observations more than welcome.

Dave

Tags: Nepal Landscape and travel Pashupatinath

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debu 10 India
12 Sep 2011 3:12PM
Beautifully captured and presented.
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johncob 10 39 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2011 3:24PM
What an incredible insight. Regards
martinjp 11 2 3 England
12 Sep 2011 3:36PM
Their beleifs and customs aside I think it is sad that the youths are allowed to collect the jewellery, to me very disrespectful, though obviously nobody there cares...I find this quite strange... Or is my an overly westernised viewpoint...?
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2011 4:07PM
Very sad scene but you have show this with dignity
Lillian
Jasper87 Plus
10 2.5k 158 England
12 Sep 2011 4:33PM
The scene itself, and possibly this image, evoked so many different feelings and comments. As Martin says, there was a feeling of disrespect re the youths but the biggest re-action was caused by the act of cremating loved ones in public (as was shown by Greg Davies and Rhod Gilbert on their Dangerous Rd programme in Nepal last night when they came across a similar cremation). I was hesitant about taking this shot (and several others) but was assured by our guide we would not be causing any upset. You have to act sensibly when using a camera abroad stay within the bounds of decency but I also try not to judge by western standards.

Dave
Mynett 11 142 6 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2011 4:40PM
a brave upload here, this is so well captured, and is almost beautiful if only the subject was not so macabre, it is however very interesting and I thank you for the into which explains a few issues.
Linda
Tynnwrlluniau Plus
10 112 38 Wales
12 Sep 2011 5:07PM
Excellent composition and a valid, thought-provoking social commentary.
Alun
cassiecat 11 39 46 England
12 Sep 2011 5:52PM
interesting to see. lesley
DaveMead 10 23 14 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2011 8:42PM
Always like an image that enlightens me, superb work.
Dave
jase147 10 1 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2011 11:41PM
You saw it and captured it and dared to be different with a very powerfull thought provoking image i like that !
13 Sep 2011 8:58AM
Very interesting you have caught the moment well
mike
Anna62 9 1 Australia
13 Sep 2011 10:30AM
What a fascinating image Dave. I find images like this very intriguing. Thank you for sharing this...so well taken Smile
13 Sep 2011 12:17PM
I agree Anna - total fascination with a scene that is something totally out of our own realm and in another world totally. Not sure I could have handled witnessing something like this, but a wonderful journalistic image to be admired...Jo
fazzer 11 54 7 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2011 12:32PM
Nicely done and well captured
jeremy
14 Sep 2011 4:21AM
Well Captured!
ianrobinson 10 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 11:15AM
That is amazing how other countries do things.
I take it they are Human bodies being burnt, I have to ask as it's a bit of an eye opener.

Ian.
sawsengee Plus
13 6 28 Malaysia
14 Sep 2011 1:14PM
amazing shot & photo documentary..... the surrounding activities, funeral pyres & smokey ambience really portray the essence & facts of life & death.
Ayoob 9 Australia
14 Sep 2011 10:06PM
Great capture and excellent detail.........Wink
phil99 13 45 6 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2011 9:52AM
Very interesting subject matter .Well done ...Phil
15 Sep 2011 3:12PM
very well photographed dave,caught the mood really well.ray
NeilWigan Plus
9 17 16 England
16 Sep 2011 11:25AM
fascinating photograpy record ,doesnt seem to be a lot of kindling involved for the job,at least the youths are doing there job in full view and not sneeking back in the dark ,yea great shot of real world, thanks.
marktc Plus
9 101 15 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2011 5:31PM
A very interesting and informative image. Thought provoking and and slightly uncomfortable image into a different culture. Thank yu very much for being brave enough to post this image, very detailed and extremely compassionately portrayed.
RobboB Plus
13 133 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2011 6:08PM
Agree with Mark's comments above. Genuine photo journalism and fascinating
luckybry 10 3 Scotland
16 Sep 2011 9:03PM
definitley thought provoking
16 Sep 2011 10:57PM
So well presented. Great image of something I never even knew existed.
Jasper87 Plus
10 2.5k 158 England
17 Sep 2011 7:59AM
Thank you everyone for your comments and observations, they were very insightful and encouraging.

Regards,

Dave
PaulLiley 11 2 13 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2011 9:19AM
Amazing image and insight into another culture. Facinating. paul
corfs 13 11 2 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2011 4:50PM
Dave, this is a superb image. Aside from the great composition and beautiful tones, the subject makes it so powerful. I should think you're really proud of this. Caroline
kinfatric 15 550 9 Scotland
19 Sep 2011 4:53PM
A really powerful image
luceombra 8 27 5 Italy
26 Sep 2011 3:57PM
Very informative and powerful image
An outstanding photo journalistic shot. Very gruesome but then thats what happens.
Good capture. WesternRed.
oll1e 13 57 2 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2011 3:56PM
certainly makes you think .. so well done dave,a great bit of journalismWink
swanseamale47 12 124 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2011 5:54PM
amazing site, not one many people will see,
Wayne

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