Pondering Cremation

Pondering Cremation
Pashupatinath, Nepal

NFS - Artist's collection

oil on linen
14" x 11"

Nepal's most important Hindu temple stands on the banks of the Bagmati River near Kathmandu The Bagmati is a holy river, and, as at Varanasi on the Ganges, this burning ghats in front of this temple in Pashupatinath is an important place to be cremated, and also a place of ritual bathing. During my visit there were three cremations in progress and we watched with awe and respect, along with this monkey.

Here is a YouTube video of a cremation very much like the one I photographed to paint: cremation

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