Kadama 22: First-hand Traditions

Trip Start Jul 12, 2012
Trip End Dec 01, 2012

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Flag of India  , Andhra Pradesh,
Saturday, August 11, 2012

I knew the time would come that I would have to witness first hand, traditions and customs that Indian's follow, however, I thought I would have had time to prepare myself for the day. On the way to pick up my sari, I glanced to my right and was faced with a carcase laying in the street. Laying before me was the burnt frame of a dog. When an animal passes away, the body is burnt but this was almost half burnt. It makes my stomach turn just reliving the moment to tell you about it. To add onto it, I also walked past a child literally pooping in the street. Some ways of life I cannot seem to even grasp and move on from.

We spent about three hours in town today, looking at scarves, sari's, bangles, and shoes. I have come to the realization that I will never be able to buy shoes while I am here. My obviously monstrous size 10 feet seem like a joke. Indian women's feet are petite and thin while mine are long and fat - woohoo!

On the way back to campus, it was literally raining sideways. After driving underneath the railroad tracks, I saw a man with a drum, a line of people and a rickshaw truck marching as one. The man in the front of the line was carrying a ball of fire on a stick and a woman was supporting a large vase on her shoulder. The truck had a body laying in the back covered in flowers. The sudden gloom of a funeral processional overwhelmed me with sadness. To see so many people marching through the rain to the lake to burn the body changed my mood for the day. I am aware that death is a part of life, however when such traditions of India are brought before my eyes, it is difficult to cope with.

Upon returning, Shannon and I tried modeled our tailored sari's - enjoy the photos!
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Denise Urey on

Your Sari's are beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful Birthday! Will miss your writing!

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