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In the Name of God
The Ramnamis are a group of untouchables from central India. Banned from entering temples along with other Hindus, they decided to tattoo God’s name (Ram) all over their faces and bodies. A message to say that they ‘could have God with them too’, and it angered the upper-castes who felt that they were polluting God’s name with their untouchable bodies. photographed by Olivia Arthur

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Picture taken in Nepal by Jean-Marie Hullo
The picture above shows a young girl being prepared for Ihi Ceremony in Kathmandu Durbar Square.The gods of Nepal do not represent a forgotten era of the past. The deities here are living, and participate in the ordinary existence of everyday life as much as we mere mortals do. Nowhere is this exemplified more charmingly than in the uniquely Nepalese custom of Bel-Marriage (Ihi ceremony). Traditionally the Newars (the predominant ethnic group of the valley), marry off their pre-pubescent girls to a fruit of the Bel tree which symbolizes Lord Vishnu himself. The marriage ceremony is elaborate, accompanied by a feast.By this custom, if a Newari’s future mortal husband should die, she is not considered a widow because she is still married to Vishnu. The Newar “widow” therefore undergoes none of the often disagreeable sanctions imposed on widows.So this explains the reason behind those smartly dressed adolescent girls, thronging the streets of Kathmandu, who in spite of not being married in the ‘earthly’ sense, nevertheless adorn their foreheads with thick swabs of vermilion associated in India solely with a married status.(via zjta)

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miss-mary-quite-contrary:

afghanipoppy:urbanjunky:

Picture taken in Nepal by Jean-Marie Hullo

The picture above shows a young girl being prepared for Ihi Ceremony in Kathmandu Durbar Square.The gods of Nepal do not represent a forgotten era of the past. The deities here are living, and participate in the ordinary existence of everyday life as much as we mere mortals do. Nowhere is this exemplified more charmingly than in the uniquely Nepalese custom of Bel-Marriage (Ihi ceremony). Traditionally the Newars (the predominant ethnic group of the valley), marry off their pre-pubescent girls to a fruit of the Bel tree which symbolizes Lord Vishnu himself. The marriage ceremony is elaborate, accompanied by a feast.By this custom, if a Newari’s future mortal husband should die, she is not considered a widow because she is still married to Vishnu. The Newar “widow” therefore undergoes none of the often disagreeable sanctions imposed on widows.So this explains the reason behind those smartly dressed adolescent girls, thronging the streets of Kathmandu, who in spite of not being married in the ‘earthly’ sense, nevertheless adorn their foreheads with thick swabs of vermilion associated in India solely with a married status.(via zjta)