I was able to make friends with several characters during my time in Varanasi. This Sadhu was one that stood out to me from the first time I noticed him. After he agreed to come out on a sunrise boat ride with us, he was a bit hesitant to listen to my direction in the beginning. Soon after I began to show him the shots on my LCD screen, and he’d have the biggest smile on his face - seemingly getting more and more excited for the next one. Despite the language barrier, we were able to communicate and create some of my favorite images I took on this trip. In retrospect, this was probably my favorite portrait session I’ve ever shot, and an experience I’ll always look back on and appreciate.
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In the recent past, the Konyaks were feared by head hunting of enemy warriors which were showed as trophies and hung at the door of their Morungs as a symbol of warrior power. The Christianity brought by the British was what probably, little by little, put an end to custom.
Num passado bastante recente, os Konyaks eram temidos pela decapitações de cabeças dos guerreiros inimigos que eram transformados em troféus e pendurados à porta dos seus Morungs como símbolo de poder do guerreiro. O Cristianismo trazido pelos Britânicos foi o que, provavelmente e aos poucos, pôs fim ao costume.
A place where everything stands still even your breath.... Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world and in India, located at an altitude of 17,800 ft (5,430 m),in the Indian state of Sikkim. It is considered sacred by Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus.The lake is named after Guru Padmasambhava—also known as Guru Rinpoche—founder of Tibetan Buddhism, who visited in the 8th century.
A legend related to the frozen condition of the lake is linked to the visit of Guru Padmasambhava to the lake, on his way back from Tibet. When he saw it, he felt that it was worthy of veneration, as it represented the divine location of Dorje Nyima or Chhoedten Nyima. Because the lake remained frozen most of the year with no possibility of providing for drinking water needs, the people of the area appealed to Padmasambhva to help them. The guru agreed to help and placed his hands on a small part of the lake area, which stopped freezing during winter, facilitating drinking water to the people. Since then, the lake has been considered sacred and devotees carry this sacred water in containers.