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photoblog image A few hours in Kolkata Part A  #13

A few hours in Kolkata Part A #13

A couple of cricket pitches distance from the bathing men, a smaller group of women are also invoking the healing powers of the Sacred Ganges Water...I don't go too close in case there is some kind of taboo involved...

 

Kolkata

A few hours in Kolkata Part A #13

A couple of cricket pitches distance from the bathing men, a smaller group of women are also invoking the healing powers of the Sacred Ganges Water...I don't go too close in case there is some kind of taboo involved...

 

Kolkata

comments (11)

You were wise to keep your distance, I think... a stranger photographing women bathing would probably be frowned upon...
Ray: One needs to be mindful of local customs, Elizabeth.

Not many years ago, my son Ben went mountain climbing in Pakistan...he stayed one night on the way in a small village in the Swat Valley...the expedition guide strongly warned all the foreigners that they must avoid all eye:eye contact with the village women, or the consequences might be dire.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 23 May 2018, 06:24
Good for you, for getting as close as this. Even in the land of peace & harmony I would expect there to be some sort of taboo with you going over and bathing with them
Ray: I prefer candid shots, Chris, but don't want to be seen as Peeping Tom.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 23 May 2018, 06:47
Encore une jolie scène. Tu as pris des risques.
Ray: J'ai essayé d'être discret, Martine, mais j'avais besoin des images pour compléter l'histoire.

I tried to be discrete, Martine, but needed the pictures to complete the story.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 23 May 2018, 07:10
It must be quite refreshing for them Ray.
Ray: Cures everything from broken hearts to ingrown toenails, Chad.
Des coutumes à  respecter et la dicretion est de rigueur
Bonne journée Ray
Ray: J'ai vécu près de 20 ans en Thaïlande, où les coutumes sont très différentes de ce à quoi j'étais habitué en Australie, Claudine ... il m'est apparu que la clé pour profiter / comprendre la vie dans une autre culture est de respecter cette culture locale .

I have lived nearly 20 years in Thailand, where the customs are very different from what I was accustomed to in Australia, Claudine...it has become clear to me that the key to enjoying/understanding life in another culture is respecting that local culture.
From your viewpoint I can sense you were being very careful to avoid breaking any tabboos.
Ray: Living in Thailand for about 18 years has shown me many times that it is crucial to respect local customs, Brian.
Someone has cast their colourful frock aside, Ray.
I'm guessing that men & women are segregated when bathing in the Ganges.
Ray: This seems to be so at this place, Beverly, but I'll show another place before the series is done...
Love the orange and yellow clothing colours.
Ray: Colourful clothes are a feature of South Asia, Mary.
two great captures of the women and children in the river Ray....petersmile
Ray: You are very kind, Peter.
There is something about bathing women... smile
Ray: If I am going to be bathing an adult human, Larry, then I would prefer that person to be female.
  • Ayush Basu
  • Venlo, Netherlands
  • 26 May 2018, 20:21
i think you came away with good shots without causing a commotion, Ray.

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