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... saw it come up the coast. Once the storm was over in about 15 minutes, we went to the site of the Hindu outdoor crematorium and we saw the ritual of burning their dead. This was such an experience and one that I will just touch on the highlight. Once the person has died they are laid on a stretcher with bamboo sticks for carrying and the body is wrapped in lots of colourful cloth. Only men relatives of the deceased are present. There is an eternal fire that has been lit for 3000 ...
... we got to see these Ghats up close and finished at the Dashashwamedh Ghat where every morning and every evening at sunrise and sunset the hold a Hindu ceremony where pilgrims come to peform Puja to the rising and setting sun. We could light lotus flower candles, make a wish and let them float down the river. Most evenings we ate in the 'Brown Bread bakery', another Westerners hide out, where locals played music in the evening and the food ...
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This morning was incredibly foggy. So foggy that we couldn't see more than a few feet from our balcony window. It wasn't intentional but we ended waking up around 5-6am again because we went to bed early the night before, but also because the walls are so paper thin that you can hear everything going on in the other rooms. Sounds like the European couple behind us is getting ready for the morning boat ride - her extended yawns and groans making us feel that much more comfortable ...
... bodies are just put in the river. Babies and pregnant women are not burnt for example. Also you have to pay for the cremation so not everyone can afford it. The man who owns the ghat lives in a very fancy house just a couple of hundred yards away. He must be wealthy as the cremations go on for 24 hours a day. Animals lie in the warm ashes and the smoke can be suffocating if you get down wind. I was completely fascinated by all this, gruesome as it sounds.
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