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The Kaparot Ceremony

Shot during a Hasidic Kaparot ceremony in Williamsburg, New York. The older men and women were teaching the children, who tended to the chickens, how the ceremony was performed. Kaparot, meaning 'atonements', is a ritual deemed by those who practise it as a transfer of the sins of the past year on to the chicken. After the ceremony, the chicken is ritually slaughtered and often the meat is distributed to the poor.

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Date Taken: 10.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: New York, New York, United States of America
Copyright: © Kieran Gosney