The Luxury of Water

Where I come from, water is ubiquitous. We never worry about a source for water, never worry about the quality of the water, never worry that we use too much water, never give water much of a thought other than, “it’s not cold enough” so add a few cubes of frozen water. At restaurants, our glasses are…

Temple Ghosts

This was one of the many temples situated all over Bhaktapur Durbar Square. People were hanging all over the structure until the heavens opened drenching everything with heavy rains and scattering everyone to shelter. As soon as the skies cleared, the admirers returned. I was able to capture a few images prior to complete inundation…

Washing The Dead

One of the most unusual places I have visited in this world was the Pashupatinath Crematorium in Kathmandu. Here I was able to see various stages of the Hindu last rites. From: Ethnicity On Line; The body of a Hindu is prepared for their funeral by first shaving the head, washing the body and anointing it with herbs,…

Sacred Fires

The five fire urns were located near the South end of Kathmandu Durbar Square. A woman would place the end of the stick into each of the five urns then let the smoke pouring off the stick wash over them then hand the stick to another woman. It appeared to me to be some sort of purification rite…

Ladies of Durbar Square

I don’t think I will ever get over the marvel at seeing the colorful clothing women in this part of the world use to adorn their bodies. I have been living in India for over a year now and still, when I am out and about, am amazed at the seemingly never end of color…

God of Annihilation

This scary looking god lives at the North end of Kathmandu Durbar Square. There was a steady flow of worshippers both the times I stopped by the statue. I waited for some time but could not get a picture without people. This huge stone relief of Kala Bhairava, believed to be Lord Shiva in his…