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Aravan’s wedding

Koovagam transgender festival

Aravan’s wedding is a festival of transgender and transvestite individuals which takes place in the Tamil month of Chitrai (April/May) in the village of Koovagam in Tamil Nadu, India. It is held at the Koothandavar Temple dedicated to Aravan (Koothandavar). The participants marry the Lord Koothandavar, thus reenacting an ancient myth of Lord Vishnu/Krishna who married him having taken the female form. According to myth, Aravan had to sacrifice himself the next day to help his clan win in battle, so the day after the wedding all brides mourn his death through ritualistic dances and by breaking their bangles.

The festival also serves as a platform to create awareness for transgender discrimination and prejudice which still exist in mainstream society, not limited to India.

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Ladakh – Lamayuru to Hemis

 

Lamayuru, Ladakh, India

The road begins at Lamayuru, but it already ends a few kilometers further after Wan La. No more cars from a long time after that on the way to Hemis. For generations, nothing has changed the country and its people more than the seasonal rains that reshape the valleys every year. Due to the inaccessibility of the area, Ladakhis live an isolated life devout to Buddhism and largely free from western influences.

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Kathmandu’s Spirits

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Religion and religious acts are pillars of Nepali society and are an integral part of daily life. Photographed in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Varanasi – Mother Ganga

The Streets And Ghats Of VaranasiSeries of photographs of the streets and ghats in Varanasi, India. Check out the full slideshow in the porfolio section

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Easter Passion – Sicily

Easter Passion - SicilyThe Catholic church goes strong in Italy, and particularly in Sicily. To mark Jesus’ ransom sacrifice, each town puts on grand celebrations by parading large religious icons through the streets, accompanied by melancholy brass music. These procession may go on for hours and every town has its own agenda. Trapani holds the record for the most arduous procession, lasting a full 24 hours.

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Ethiopia – The Ultra-Orthodox North

Ethiopia - The Orthodox NorthReligious devotion is a quality many northern Ethiopians carry on the outside.

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