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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.

TAGS: Ganges, India, Pollution, Varanasi

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Mumbai, India
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© Harikrishna Katragadda.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 06.2016
Total Views: 63
Filed Under: Altered Images
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 30, 2017, 12:48 p.m.
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D800
Focal Length: 32mm
Shutter Speed: 1/160
Aperture: f6.3
ISO: ISO400
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PHOTO LOCATION Varanasi, India