29 July 2006

Burning Ground

This is a funeral procession on its way to the burning ground - which in this case is out in the open and about one kilometre further down the road. The corpse is tied onto a platform at the back of the vehicle.

This is a small procession - the size generally depends on the number of family and friends and finances. When such processions are larger, there will be several musicians accompanying the retinue and also men walking at the front setting off fire-crackers and throwing flower garlands in front of whatever vehicle is used to transport the corpse. Ladies remain at home and only men accompany the body to the burning grounds.

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