Dates2016 - Ongoing
- Topics Portrait, Documentary
- Locations Varanasi, Warsaw
Eternal- is a documentary photography project portraying people working with dead bodies. The aim of this work is to capture cultural diversity connected to burials and funeral traditions across the world from ancient rituals to new technologies.
Chaudharys (the untouchables) are the lowest social caste in India, whose job, for the last thousands of years is to burn dead bodies in the holy city of Varanasi. This extremely tough profession has been assigned to them as one of many unprivileged works they perform in the Hindu society. It is Them, who protect the symbolic Eternal Flame of the heath of Manikarnika Ghat, keeping the hundreds of bodies constantly burning in stacks, every night and day. Cremations, done there by Chaudharys, provide the full closure of sansara and allow to reach the state of nirvana. Water of the river Ganges, flowing at the base of Ghat, is inseparably connected with the mentioned ritual of passage – moksha . Hand to hand, they work to burn the bodies – fathers with sons, cousins with uncles, young and elderly ones.