Cận cảnh sông Hằng


Đối với người Ấn Độ, sông Hằng không chỉ là một dòng sông. Dòng chảy huyền thoại đi qua đất nước này còn được người Ấn tôn sùng như một dòng sữa mẹ linh thiêng.
Và với xứ sở này, sông Hằng còn là khởi nguồn của mọi tôn giáo, niềm tin và sự sùng tín mà con người dâng lên thần linh cùng các đấng tối cao. Chính vì vậy, một lần được đến đây, ngắm bình minh trên dòng sông tôn giáo này, đối với tôi là một hành trình với thật nhiều cảm xúc. Thế nhưng giờ đây:

Puri, India.

Puri, India.

Animals in Puri, India.

Animals rummaging through trash and litter in Puri, India.

Indians on the side of a road in Puri, India.

Puri, India.

Garbage in Puri, India.

The banks of the Ganges River, and women laying out cow dung to dry.

Indian woman drying cow droppings on the bank of the Ganges River.

Varansi, India.

Smoke rising from a cremation.

Smoke rising from the side of the Ganges River in India.

A fire on the bank of the Ganges River.

A floating corpse in the Ganges River.

The corpse of a cow in the Ganges River.

A dead animal carcass in the water in India.

Bathing by the Ganges, while a corpse floats by.

Bathing in the Ganges River, India.

Indian women bathing by the Ganges River.

Indians bathing by the Ganges River.

A floating corpse beside some boats in the Ganges River.

A skull in the Ganges River.

A rotting corpse by the Ganges River in India.

A bloated corpse floating in the Ganges.

Stray dogs picking at rotting corpses in India.

Stray dogs picking at rotting corpses in India.

A dead body floats in the river in India.

A bloated human corpse in the water.

A dead cow lies in the sand in India.

Bodies in the River Ganges.

A dead body floats in the river as Indians in a boat pass by.

An Indian child backflips into the river water.

The shore, covered with litter and garbage.

A decaying corpse in the Ganges River.

A body floating in the Ganges River.

A rotting body floating in the river in India.

A floating corpse of a cow in India.

An Indian man picks at the rotting remains of a person by the river.

The floating body of a cow or sheep?

Goats eating garbage on the river Ganges.

A dead cow's body submerged in the river water.

Indians doing their laundry.

Indian women bathing and praying in the Ganges River.

The body of an elderly man beside the river Ganges.India, a ship drags a dead human body in the river.

A body floats by the shore of the Ganges River.

A rotting corpse in the Indian river Ganges, covered with flies.

An Indian washing his hands in a river filled with garbage.

An elderly Indian bathing by the side of the Ganges River.

Young Indian women bathing by the Ganges River.

A man covered with soap prepares to bathe in the Ganges River.

Indians bathing by the side of the Ganges River.

A row boat rows by a bloated corpse floats in India.

A skeleton on the banks of the Ganges River.

A rotting corpse in the Ganges River.

A rotting corpse in the Ganges River.

A rotting corpse in the Ganges River.

A rotting corpse in the Ganges River.

A squatting toilet in India.A squatting toilet in India.

A squatting toilet in India.

Diseased man with boils covering his body.Sunset over the Ganges River, a corpse floats in the water.

Sunset over the Ganges River, a corpse's butt floats in the water.

Dusk on the Ganges River, a corpse floats in the water.

A corpse in the River Ganges.

A deformed man, probably with a skin tumor or disease.

Ganges River.

Old man squats beside the Ganges River.

Man drinks from the Ganges River.

The remains of a person on the beach.

Stray or wild dogs eating a rotting human corpse.

Stray or wild dogs eating a rotting cow corpse.

A crow perched atop a floating body in the Ganges River.

Another floating corpse in the river Ganges.

The skeletal remains of a person in the waters of the river Ganges.

Dogs and crows fight over a human head.

Dog gnawing at a dead human head.

A roting corpse in the river Ganges.

Corpses and garbage in the Ganges River.

An Indian fishcatcher.

A floating corpse in Indian.

Fish curry.

This needs no introduction as many compatriots are able to eat it domestically [in China]…but a reminder, never eat an authentic one…because the chef uses his left hand to wipe his shit when using the toilet/restroom.

An Indian chef making bread.

Here, let’s let the JY people see India’s free medical care.

A public hospital in India.

A public hospital’s surgery room.

An Indian surgery room.

An Indian public hospital.

Ganges River in the early morning, bustling because of the crowds…some to wipe themselves down, some to get water, some to bathe.

Hindu devotees perform rituals on the occasion of Mahalaya, or an auspicious day to pay homage to their ancestors, along the waste floating on the banks of River Ganges in Calcutta, India, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Suddenly encountering some familiar faces, [I] was surprised…deeply admiring the guy who entered the water to his waist…BH [biao han, daring] to the extreme…but hope he is not our compatriot.

East Asian tourists at the river Ganges.

Flagrantly floating downstream not 500 meters at another set of steps [into the river] was a corpse. Even foreigners had taken out their cameras to snap photos. I wonder how that swimming guy just mentioned above felt…

A dead body floats by the steps on the Ganges River.

Two photographs after going ashore…

An elderly person doing morning exercises, technical difficulty rating 3.0, far higher than the Tai-chi exercises of old men and women in [China’s] parks.

A Sadhu or holy man performs yoga on the banks of river Ganges in the northern Indian city of Allahabad June 25, 2008. Sadhus are dedicated to achieving Nirvana (liberation) through meditation and prayers by giving up three Hindu goals of life: Kama (enjoyment), Artha (practical objectives) and Dharma (duty).    REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash (INDIA)

Accepting a holy water baptism…valiantly emerging from the water…[his] motions too carefree…

A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, emerges from a holy dip in the Ganges River in Allahabad, India, Thursday, July 10, 2008. Allahabad, on the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswathi rivers, is one of Hinduism's important centers. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Not enough money to buy [enough] firewood, those two feed will not be able to burn away, so it looks like they can only be discarded into the Ganges River…the people baptizing [in the Ganges], will they be so daring as to find a foot…?

A pyre burns at a cremation ground on the banks of river Ganges in the northern Indian city of Varanasi December 15, 2007. Hindus believe that dying in Varanasi and having their remains scattered in the Ganges allows their soul to escape a cycle of death and rebirth, attaining "moksha" or salvation.  REUTERS/Arko Datta (INDIA)

Now let’s return to this post’s main topic…the rotting corpses in the Ganges River.

A rotten corpse in the Ganges River.

A frame grab taken September 30, 2007 and released October 1, 2007, shows the body of a dead Buddhist monk floating in Pazondaung River in Yangon. It is not known when the monk was killed. REUTERS/Democratic Voice of Burma (MYANMAR)

What are the dogs eating? Notice what is in the water on the left side of the image!

Wild dogs tearing at animal and human remains.

Swimming and bathing even with so many rotting corpses around.

An Indian swims in the river Ganges amongst the garbage and rotting corpses.

There are a small number of middle-aged men and women squatting on the steps brushing their teeth, none of them using toothbrushes, half of them using their fingers, the other half using twigs, swallowing the water after brushing, and then cupping and drinking down a few more gulps, which happens to be in the opposite direction of people in other countries brushing their teeth and then spitting the water out.

An Indian woman brushes her teeth with water from the Ganges River.

Theo Chinasmac

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