15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Portrait of a cremation attendant
portrait of a dom - a cremation attendant- made with contaminated water collected at Manikarnika ghat in Varanasi, India. Nearly 18,000 tonnes of wood is used for cremation on the ghats in Varanasi, generating 700 tonnes of coal and ash every year, which finds its way into the river. A cremation ceremony cannot take place without a dom’s blessing. Ironically, these cremators of the dead are also social outcasts and treated as untouchables.
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||Nov. 30, 2017, 12:48 p.m.