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decomposing corpse floating on the ganges river (india)

Bloated corpse floating on the Ganges river near the Ghats of Varanasi (India).­

The decomposed corpse of a dead man drifted ashore in front of the Ghats.­

This may look gruesome for Westerners, but this is actually a pretty common sight in Varanasi, and in fact anywhere along the Ganges river.­ Locals don't raise an eyebrow when they see that.­

Not all Hindu people are cremated after they die.­ Some categories of people (including pregnant women, young children, Hindu holy men, victims of contagious diseases or Cobra snake bite) are instead "buried" directly in the Ganges river, attached to some stones so that they sink.­

It is not uncommon for a bloated decomposed corpse to emerge and drift ashore, like this one.­ When this happens, local boatmen just tow the cadaver to the middle of the river and let it float away.­

For more info about Varanasi, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Varanasi.

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February 5, 2013
25/21,22, Sonarpura Road, Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
India 2013 1558 photos

Photos taken in India in 2013

The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.­

Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.­

See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.­

Varanasi - Benares 202 photos

Photos taken in the Hindu Holy city of Varanasi - also know as Benares (India).­

For more info about Varanasi, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Varanasi