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A. Abbas A day after its puja, devotees drown a statue of DURGA, the Bengali avatar of goddess KALI, in the HOOGLY river (local name of the GANGES). Kolkata. West. Bengal. India. 3. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas SRI LANKA. UDAPUWA village in PUTTALAM district. Hindus celebrate the ATIVILA yearly festival. Outside the MARIAMAN temple, women are in trance, holding a pot of fire or a bouquet of leaves. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas TEARSHEET. Gods I've Seen. Phaidon. 2016. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas SRI LANKA. Colombo. The Hindu temple SHIVA SUBRAMANIYA celebrates its annual festival. A devotee, suspended from hooks inserted in his flesh follows the Golden Chariot, housing a resident deity, wh (...)
A. Abbas NEPAL. Bhaktapur. Leaves to dry on a wall, shadows. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Maharashtra State. Near Mumbai. The ELEPHANTA caves. A stone lingam with offering of flowers and bank notes. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Kerala State. Varkala. Sixteen days after the cremation, ashes and three bones from a deceased are brought to the beach, in a casket, for a pundit to perform a ritual. The casket is then (...)
A. Abbas A man prays among pilgrims who bathe in the hot springs by the main temple.Badrinath, one of the sources of the Ganges. Uttarakhand.India. 2. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 1. Uttarakhand. Haridwar. Sacred stone under a sacred tree. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 1. Uttar Pradesh. Varanasi. Led by a Brahmin, Hindu pilgrims perform "Anthyasthi", last rites for their deceased, on a ghat by the river Ganges. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas After a dip in the river Ganges, women pilgrims dry their saris. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
Abbas At dawn, a Hindu devotee prays to an altar by the lake. Pushkar, Rajasthan, India. © Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 1. Uttarakhand. Haridwar. Hindu pilgrims by the river Ganges. They put on their dhotis after bathing. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Tamil Nadu State. Rameshwaram. Pilgrims from Rajasthan dry their turbans and saris by the sea. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas NEPAL. Kathmandu. PASHUPATINATH Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. A Brahmin priest leads a ritual to the memory of a deceased. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas NEPAL. Kathmandu. PASHUPATINATH Hindu temple. Ritual of cremation by the river BAGMATI. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 3. West Bengal. Kolkata. A day after its puja, devotees drown a statue of VISHWAKARMA, the Hindu god of workers, in the HOOGLY river (local name of the GANGES). © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas NEPAL. Bhaktapur. Dewali Puja of the Newari people. Fires are lit, shamanic style. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Tamil Nadu State. Rameshwaram. At dawn, a couple performs puja in the sea, facing the sun. The woman's sari is tied to the man's dhoti. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Kerala State. Kochi, the Fort. At dusk, a fisherman cleans his net under the giant "Chinese" fishing nets. In the background are oil tanks as well as merchant ships. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas NEPAL. Bhaktapur. Dewali Puja of the Newari people. Its blood fed to family gods, the head of a goat is offered to the altar with a candle lit on the skull. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 1. New Delhi. Worshippers offer lit candles and fruits to their deities, in the Jhandewala Deviji Hindu temple. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas SRI LANKA. Colombo. A Brahmin priest performs morning puja with oil lamps in the SHIVA SUBRAMANIYA Hindu temple in the Jinthupittiya district. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 1. Uttarakhand. Haridwar. Hindu pilgrims from Bihar state perform the farewell pooja by the river Ganges. They offer cooked rice to the fire. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Tamil Nadu State. Near Tiruchirapalli (Trichy). The SAMAYAPURAM Hindu temple. A pilgrim holds a lit candle on the head of her companion to cure her of a head disease. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas NEPAL. Bhaktapur. Dewali Puja of the Newari people. A goat is sacrificed and its intestines fed to the altar of family gods where a devotee bows to. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas NEPAL. Bhaktapur. A goat is worshipped by a young boy, before being sacrificed to a Hindu god the following day. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas NEPAL. Kathmandu. Hanuman Durbar square. Statue of god Bhairaba, an avatar of the goddess Kali, holding a sword and a skull in its hand and others around its waist. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas NEPAL. Bhaktapur. An older member of the family applies blood from a sacrificed goat's head to the forehead of young girls in colorful dress. They "marry" a mel tree fruit. Their second marriage wi (...)
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Tamil Nadu State. Madurai. MARIYAMAN Hindu temple. A group of devotees from a small temple offer a full moon puja to the resident gods. One of the devotees goes into trance with a long sp (...)
A. Abbas SRI LANKA. UDAPUWA village in PUTTALAM district. Hindus celebrate the ATIVILA yearly festival. Inside the main PARTHASARATHA temple, a young man is dressed, painted and made up to play Lord SHIVA i (...)
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Tamil Nadu State. Madurai. After offering a full moon puja to the resident gods, a group of devotees leaves the MARIYAMAN Hindu temple for their local temple, where a woman who accompanie (...)
A. Abbas SRI LANKA. Colombo. The Hindu temple SHIVA SUBRAMANIYA celebrates its annual festival. A devotee, suspended from hooks inserted in his flesh follows the Golden Chariot, housing a resident deity, wh (...)
A. Abbas SRI LANKA. UDAPUWA village in PUTTALAM district. Hindus celebrate the ATIVILA yearly festival. Held by his companions. a devotee in trance, holding a pot of fire set upon leaves, enters the main PA (...)
A. Abbas SRI LANKA. UDAPUWA village in PUTTALAM district. Hindus celebrate the ATIVILA yearly festival. Outside the main PARTHASARATHA temple, young boys are covered with yellow mud and coiffed with leaves (...)
A. Abbas SRI LANKA. UDAPUWA village in PUTTALAM district. Hindus celebrate the ATIVILA yearly festival. Inside the main PARTHASARATHA temple, young boys are covered with yellow mud and coiffed with leaves t (...)
A. Abbas INDIA. 3. West Bengal. Tarapith. Temple dedicated to goddess MAATARA, an avatar of KALI. An altar for burning offerings. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Tamil Nadu State. Tiruchirapalli (Trichy). Sri RANGANATHA SWAMY Hindu temple. Young women in a domestic mood among the columns. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Maharashtra State. Near Mumbai. The ELEPHANTA caves visited by foreign tourists. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 3. West Bengal. Tarapith. Temple dedicated to goddess MAATARA, an avatar of KALI. Devotees pay respect to CHARAN, the goddess's feet. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Tamil Nadu State. Chennai. The KAPALESHWARAR Hindu temple. A devotee rolls around the inner sanctum, to thank the deity for having granted him his wish. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Tamil Nadu State. Tiruchirapalli (Trichy). Sri RANGANATHA SWAMY Hindu temple. The dented soles of a pilgrim who is sleeping. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas NEPAL. Kathmandu. Hindu devoteees perform puja in the Patan Durbar square at dawn. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas NEPAL. Bhaktapur. A woman washes her daughter's hair in the street. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 3. West Bengal. Kolkata. A devotee performs morning puja in the street, next to a small shrine. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas NEPAL. Kathmandu. PASHUPATINATH Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. A young boy's head is shaved in a ritual to confirm him as a Hindu. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas NEPAL. CHANGU NARAYAN Hindu temple. A Brahmin priest performs morning puja. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Kerala State. Varkala. The JANARDHANA Hindu temple. A woman offers her own weight of sugar to the temple. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Tamil Nadu State. Madurai. A man milks his cow in the city street, as if he was in a village or a farm. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Tamil Nadu State. Tiruchirapalli (Trichy). Sri RANGANATHA SWAMY Hindu temple. A pundit priest blesses pilgrims. The young boy touches the pundit's feet as a sign of respect. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Udaipur. The SHIVA Hindu Temple. Devotees pay respect to a metal cow. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Uttar Pradesh. Allahabad. The Kumbh Mela. A naked Naga sanyassi, covered with ash, uses his iphone while he smokes a cigarette. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 1. Uttarakhand. Haridwar. A Hindu pilgrim has his head shaved under a cloth held by a female member of his family. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 2. Uttarakhand. Rishikesh. An audience of devotees listens to a blind preacher, who gives a week long reading of the Ramayana. One of the devotees is a sanyassi, with a painted face, who ta (...)
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Bikaner. A sanyasi in the old city. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 2. Uttarakhand. Rishikesh. A man, dressed like a Hindu god, blesses passerbys, hoping to attract them to the restaurant which employs him. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Uttar Pradesh. Allahabad. The Kumbh Mela's most auspicious day, Feb. 10, 2013. Naga sanyassis hurry towards the sangam to take their ritual bath. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Uttar Pradesh. Allahabad. The Kumbh Mela. A naked Naga sanyassi, covered with ash, who has been standing on one leg for years, blesses devotees . © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 3. West Bengal. Kolkata. Around the KALIGHAT temple. Man asleep. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Tamil Nadu State. Madurai. School for Hindu priests in the TIRUPARAN KUNDRAM temple. Students read from sacred texts. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 3. West Bengal. Tarapith. Bamakhepa burning ghat grounds. A young boy, suffering from a deformed nose, is considered god. He blesses a pilgrim. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Tamil Nadu State. Madurai. School for Hindu priests in the TIRUPARAN KUNDRAM temple. Students perform puja by looking at the sun. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Tamil Nadu State. Madurai. School for Hindu priests in the TIRUPARAN KUNDRAM temple. Students perform afternoon "face wash" ritual in a farm nearby. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Punjab. Amritsar. The Golden Temple, the Sikh's most sacred place. Their meal partaken, visitors return plates and spoon to be washed by volunteers. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 3. West Bengal. Tarapith. Bamakhepa burning ghat grounds. A Tantric sanyassi uses a human skull to "enhance his spiritual powers" during meditation in his hut. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Punjab. Amritsar. The Golden Temple, the Sikh's most sacred place. A leaf in a pilgrim's hand, ready to receive the morning darshan (food offering). © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Punjab. Amritsar. The Golden Temple, the Sikh's most sacred place. Chapatis are prepared by volunteers in the communal kitchen for meals to be partaken by all visitors. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Bikaner. The NAMINATH Jain temple. Candle lamp, basilic leaves and turmeric paste to be used by a priest for a puja. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Punjab. Amritsar. The Golden Temple, the Sikh's most sacred place. Food is cooked by volunteers in the communal kitchen for meals to be partaken by all visitors. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. Gujarat State. Palitana. Guru Acharya GUNRATNASURIJI of the Shwetambara Murtipujaj order of the Jain Hindu sect (high seat) is attended to by monks © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Punjab. Amritsar. The Golden Temple, the Sikh's most sacred place. Twice a day, the temple floor is washed by pilgrims with water from the pond. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Maharashtra State. Mumbai. Devotees of the Jain Hindu sect take one of the gods outside for a procession then return it to the temple. They wear face mask in order not to harm insects uni (...)
A. Abbas INDIA. Gujarat State. Palitana. Walking sticks and pots, under wrap, used by monks and nuns of the Jain Hindu sect. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. Gujarat State. Palitana. Monks of the Shwetambara Murtipujaj order of the Jain Hindu sect in their dormitory where they spend "chaturnas", the four months of the monsoon season. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Kerala State. Varkala. The MANDRA Hindu temple celebrates Krishna's birthday with a festival. Actors plays scenes from the Maharabatra Hindu epic. They are 'hijras', holy transexuals. The (...)
A. Abbas Statue under glass of a guru of the Jain Hindu sect. Palitana. Gujarat State. India. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 2. Uttarakhand. Rishikesh. Swami DAIVIYA, an American citizen by birth, is a Reiki Master. He dons the dhoti and the stripes dedicated to Shiva of a Hindu sanyassi. He is in a restaurant. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Bikaner. Two workers fluff cotton © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Pushkar. Man reads his morning newspaper. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 1. Uttar Pradesh. Sarnath, where the Buddha is believed to have reached enlightment. Two Tibetan Buddhist nuns read sacred texts among the ruins whose gardens are being watered. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Udaipur. Women and shadow, reflection from lake PICHOLA. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Punjab. Amritsar. Street scene in the old city. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 1. New Delhi. A bazaar in Old Delhi, near the Fort. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 3. West Bengal. Kolkata. Man asleep. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 3. West Bengal. Kolkata. Man asleep. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 3. West Bengal. Kolkata. Man asleep on a car bonnet. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Udaipur. Stree scene with goats. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Jaipur. The World Trade Park modern building. Women sweepers, early morning. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Near Bundi. A section of a highway being built. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Jaipur. Workers on a bamboo scafolding around a modern building under construction. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Uttar Pradesh. Allahabad. The Kumbh Mela. A naked Naga sanyassi, covered with ash, drives amotorbike. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDONESIA. BALI. The Hindu TAMPAK SIRING water temple. A devotee prays while bathing in the basin fed from fountains. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Jaipur. Aerial metro under construction. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Tamil Nadu State. Madurai. Students in the courtyard of their school. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDONESIA. BALI. At dawn, the GOA LAWAH Hindu temple by the sea. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 1. Rajasthan. Jaipur. A traditional wedding by wealthy Jain Hindus. Two pundits preside over the religious ceremony, attended by the bride's parents (left). © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDONESIA. BALI. The Buddha is part of the Hindu pantheon of gods. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDONESIA. BALI. Paksebali village. The PURA PANTI Hindu temple celebrates its annual ritual. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDONESIA. BALI. The Hindu temple PURA TANAH LOT, by the sea, celebrates the Black Moon ritual. Devotees pray at sunset. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDONESIA. BALI. Ubud. Hindu temple near the central market. Devotees, most of them merchants, pray and make offering of flowers to the gods. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDONESIA. BALI. The Junjungan village near Ubud, celebrates a special ritual every thirty years, but noone remembers the last one. Ceremony in the main PURA DALEM Hindu temple. A dog is skinned, a (...)
A. Abbas INDONESIA. BALI. Kinmantan. The PURA BATUR Hindu temple. Female students from the Indonesia Institute of Arts make-up and dress for a rejong traditional dance. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDONESIA. BALI. Paksebali village. The PURA PANTI Hindu temple celebrates its annual ritual. Young children share a meal of rice and ingredients laid out on banana leaves spread on the ground. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDONESIA. BALI. Denpasar. The PURA PETILAN Hindu temple celebrates its annual ritual of Penge Rebongan. A devotee goes into trance, held up by his friends.He attempts to wound himself with the sh (...)
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Bundi. A roaming pig. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Deshnok. The KARNI MATA Hindu temple where rats are cared for. Rats are fed grain. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas SRI LANKA. Jaffna. Dried fish is displayed for sale outside a shop in the central street of the city. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Udaipur. The AMABAMETA Hindu temple, where cocks roam freely around as the temple's pets. A young boy plays with one. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Pushkar. Monkeys are respected as representative of Hanuman, the monkey god. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Jaipur. The AMBER Fort. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Bikaner. A little girl in dialogue with a goat staying in a house. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Jodhpur. A man reads his newspaper under bamboo sticks for sale and a camel. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 2. Uttarakhand. Rishikesh. A beggar, paralysed from both legs, has adopted a calf as his companion. He spends a good portion of his alms to feed the calf. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Udaipur. Street life with a white donkey. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Tamil Nadu State. Chennai. A devotee prays by the gate of the KAPALESHWARAR Hindu temple. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Tamil Nadu State. Tiruchirapalli (Trichy). Sri RANGANATHA SWAMY Hindu temple. The temple elephant blesses a pilgrim with his trunk after receiving a cash donation. The plgrim has offered (...)
A. Abbas INDIA. 1. New Delhi. National Museum. Nataraja (Dancing Shiva). Late Chola, 12th AD from South India. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 3. West Bengal. Kolkata. Street flooded during monsoon season. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Maharashtra State. Mumbai. During the festival devoted to Ganesh, the elephant god, its statue is worshipped, then discarded into the sea at Chowpathy beach. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 2. Uttarakhand. Rishikesh. Swami DAIVIYA, an American citizen by birth, is a Reiki Master. He dons the dhoti and the stripes dedicated to Shiva of a Hindu sanyassi. He opens his umbrella, st (...)
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Udaipur. An old man smokes a cigarette at dawn. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas U.S.A. West Virginia State. New Vrindavan near Moundsville. Annual gathering of the Hare Krishna Hindu sect to honor Guru Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. American devotees look after their car. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas U.S.A. West Virginia State. New Vrindavan near Moundsville. Annual gathering of the Hare Krishna Hindu sect to honor Guru Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. American devotees apply make up. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas U.S.A. West Virginia State. New Vrindavan near Moundsville. Annual gathering of the Hare Krishna Hindu sect to honor Guru Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. American devotees kneel in front of the gar (...)
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Tamil Nadu State. Chennai. The KAPALESHWARAR Hindu temple. A pundit guards a deity which is dressed up. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas SRI LANKA. On the road from Colombo to Kataragama. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Kerala State. Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). A vegetable merchant and a bureaucrat. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Uttar Pradesh. Allahabad. The Kumbh Mela. A naked Naga sanyassi, covered with ash, lifts heavy bricks with his penis, presumably to demonstrate the power of the mind over the body. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Kerala State. Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). Each year, the Onam festival celebrates the rice harvest as well as its ancient King Mahabali with a procession. Mari Theyyam characters fro (...)
A. Abbas SRI LANKA. Along the road in the Jaffna peninsula. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. Gujarat State. Ahmedabad. Woman sells sticks to be used as tootbrushes. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDONESIA. BALI. The Junjungan village near Ubud, celebrates a special ritual every thirty years, but noone remembers the last one. Ceremony in the main PURA DALEM Hindu temple. Piglets are roasted (...)
A. Abbas INDONESIA. BALI. The Junjungan village near Ubud, celebrates a special ritual every thirty years, but noone remembers the last one. Ceremony in the main PURA DALEM Hindu temple. Devotees pray behin (...)
A. Abbas INDONESIA. BALI. Gianyar. Cockfights take place inside the compound of the main Hindu Temple. An attendant exhibits the loosing cocks' foot to which a sharp blade is still attached. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Kerala State. Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). Reading newspapers under the portrait of Communist leaders. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Pushkar. A baba sanyass by the altar he has erected to his god. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 4. Tamil Nadu State. Madurai. Painted mural of Chief Minister JAYALALITHAA, an ex movie actress with ex-CM M.G. RAMACHANDRAN, himself a former actor. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 3. West Bengal. Kolkata. Monsoon rain. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 3. West Bengal. Kolkata. Around the KALIGHAT temple. Women devotees worship the statue of SATI SABITRI, a widow who mourns her dead husband on her lap, hoping not to become widows themselves. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Jodhpur. Roaming cow in the old city at sunset. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 3. Orissa. Puri. Around the JAGANNATH temple, closed to non-Hindus. A woman devotee prays outside a small temple. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 5. Rajasthan. Bundi. City life in front of a colorful porch with clothes hanged to dry. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 1. Uttarakhand. Haridwar. Indian mess. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas NEPAL. Bhaktapur. A goat is sacrificed during Deo Puja, when young girls, in colorful dress, "marry" a mel tree fruit. Its blood feeds the family good in its altar. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas INDIA. 3. West Bengal. Tarapith. Temple dedicated to goddess MAATARA, an avatar of KALI. God GARUL with wings. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos