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Funeral Rites

Death is the last rite of 16 life rituals. The Hindu scriptures mandate that when the physical body dies, it be cremated. After the crowds disperse, the son and other family members will carry the body to the cremation ghat across the river. According to custom, the first-born son will light the funeral pyre.

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Date Taken: 02.2014
Date Uploaded: 12.2015
Photo Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Copyright: © Mick Stetson