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Hindu Funeral

In contrast to Western culture where funerals and cremations are often performed in privacy and with a clinical level of neatness, countries such as India and Nepal with large Hindu populations often perform these ceremonies out in the open and near holy rivers. The body is carefully prepared for cremation and then brought down to the riverbank where it is placed on the funeral pyre and ceremoniously set alight. It can take several hours to completely cremate a body, after which the ashes are usually dispersed into the river to be carried away by the currents.

Beginning the cremation process in India

A funeral pyre keeps burning with the help of lighter fluid.

The feet of a deceased woman that have been painted red.

Years, following years, steal something every day;
At last they steal us from ourselves away. - Alexander Pope

A Nepalese man in his early 20s who apparently died of alchohol poisoning is being cremated. He had no visible family and few friends. Following his cremation, his possessions which consisted mostly of clothing were also burned, practically eliminating any trace that he existed.

The male relatives of recently deceased family members performing prayers and funeral rituals on the banks of the Ganges.

Death does not wait to see if things are done or not done. - Kularnava

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