Venders selling cremation supplies line the many narrow alleys leading to Manikarnika Ghat and Jalasi Ghat. People pass through at all times of the day and night and the cremation site never closes. Colorful shrouds in auspicious colors are sold by the piece. The color red denotes prosperity and hope. Yellow is the color of innocence. The largely polyester fabric doesn't burn very well so is often set aside and burned separately so that it doesn't impede the process of burning the body. The workers hoeing the ashes picks up remnants and wind them around their heads as decoration.
- ©Peter Menzel, www.menzelphoto.com
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