What gore site would be complete without a tip of the hat to the Ganges River? Well, hold on to your lunch because we’re about to visit one of the dirtiest places on Earth. In India, one of the poorest places imaginable, death is an undeniable part of life. It is an everyday event that is not hidden as it is in the first world. All men, women and children are exposed to sickness and death and decay. Uncensored hardships and the faith in some ultimate meaning to it all. The people here are driven not from an obsession with the dark and disturbing nature of reality, but out of a respect for death that many of us cannot fathom. This is evident in the fact that bodies are dumped into this supposedly holy river as a way of paying tribute by returning in death to nature. Animals like birds and fishes feed on the carcasses while nearby children play, monks pray, the sick come to bath and people gather drinking water for their homes.
The living and the dead, the sick and the healthy all come here as one. I can’t imagine bathing in that water, let alone drink it but there is a power here that one cannot deny. I can’t help but repsect a people who have no fear of death, who in fact, wait for it with open arms. As that is the ultimate fate of us all, regardless of location or pedigree. We attempt to cover up death in my country, whereas these people have completely embraced the fact that life is death.
And what are your thoughts on this, Gorriors? Would you visit this place? Bath in or even drink the water? It is recommened that you never drink water here as even the ice in your drink will be made from the water of this river. Indeed it seems if you have not been born here, immersing yourself completely in the lifestyle could mean immersing yourself permanently in the waters of the Ganges.
Mad props to RGM member, @theluvmuscle for the photo set.