This 2000 photograph depicted a number of individuals gathered at a cremation ceremony on the banks of the Ganges River, in Varanasi, India. Those Hindus who can afford a proper cremation, are ceremoniously returned to the Ganges in these riverside gatherings. Bodies are brought here from all over the country to be cremated. The city is an auspicious place to die, since it is believed to ensure release from the cycle of rebirths, and acts as an instant passport to heaven.
CDC/ Chris Zahniser, B.S.N., R.N., M.P.H.
December 4, 2012
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