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ARTICLE via NGS: The Pyres of Varanasi: Breaking the Cycle of Death and Rebirth

August 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Pyres of Varanasi: Breaking the Cycle of Death and Rebirth One river, 18,000 feet, 1,500 miles. In the fall of 2013, photographer and videographer Pete McBride, along with professional climbers Jake Norton and Dave Morton, followed the Ganges River from snow to sea. All this week, Proof takes you on their 45-day journey—by foot, boat, bike, aircraft, rickshaw, bus, train, and even elephant—as they track every mile of this sacred river. October 7-12, 2013 When you step off a wooden boat onto the banks of the burning ghat in the oldest of India’s cities and you weave through a maze of funeral pyres hissing, steaming, and spitting orange embers into an inky night and you feel the metronome clang of bells vibrating inside your chest and a wave of furnace-like heat consuming everything in its reach, you realize how removed you truly are from the ritual of death. The burning ghat in Varanasi, India’s oldest city, glows as burning pyres continue through the night. Launch Gallery [...]
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