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... don't faze me at all anymore. Death doesn't faze me, but grief does. I get so very upset for those left behind. Certain groups of person don't need to be cremated before being put into the river as they are already considered Holy and free from the reincarnation process, children, pregnant women, priests. Then there are some that society won't allow in the Ganges in any way shape or form. Gay people and lepers!
As we made out way back to the hotel I said to lee ...
... before had been packed with people were nearly empty and our driver who had given our horn a pretty good workout didn’t have to beep more than a couple times. It was almost eerie how quiet it was but then again not many people are usually out and about before the sun rises so we shouldn’t have been that surprised. The ghat that was a hubbub of activity the night before we pretty quiet that morning as well, although there were more people the closer we ...
... clouded by religious beliefs and the religious vote. Indeed Namdan told us how some laws flip in and out depending on which is the dominant religion in power.
Down to the Ganges, or Mother Ganga. I asked why this specific point of the Ganges is considered so holy. The truthful answer was Namdan didn't actually know, but it has been referred to in old texts and simply has been for as long as people know. Hindus from around the world come here to clean their sins by bathing in ...
... by their movements, but it was absolutely freezing cold outside. As we floated peacefully down the river, we sent little lanterns adorned with flowers, as offerings to the Gods. Dom accidently dipped his hand in the Ganges as he put his lantern in the water. Much disinfection occurred afterwards.
That night we enjoyed a fantastic dinner at a Tibetan restaurant. We indulged in some rum and hot cinnamon water to warm ourselves up. It was nice to be out of the damp, ...
Kajuraho had been on our radar for a year or two, ever since we attended a talk about living and traveling in India put on by Tacoma's World Forum. The presenter was a local gentleman who has lived in Kajuraho for 20 years, visiting Tacoma occasionally. He professed to love the city, its people and its temples, which are designated UN World Heritage Sites. I must admit I was also intrigued by the temples' reputation for displaying some of the finest erotic sculpture ...