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India : elections are a ( rather) lucrative time for slum-dwellers

Before every election, all the four hundred families residing in the Shastrinagar slum await the visit of the various political parties representatives of their area. Like other families living in other slums in India. To please the slum-dwellers, politicians offer them money … Continue reading

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Kalbeliya, nomads of the Indian desert

Kalbeliya are a community living in the Thar desert, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Considered as untouchables, these independent people try to do their own things their own way, they try to preserve their values and customs despite the … Continue reading

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The muslim castes in India

Hindus have their own caste system founded on the degree of ritual purity. But indian muslims have also a hierarchical system ( this goes against the koranic teaching of equality), with professions considered as more or less respectable and “pure”. But the muslim hierarchy … Continue reading

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India : a traditional art form to get rid of the monkeys

Since centuries, indian villages and towns have been visited by untouchables street performers called “bahurupia”( like the man seen on the photo ) who dress and make up like hindu deities. And of course the favourite deity is Hanuman, the monkey-god, one … Continue reading

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India : the third sex

In the indian culture, there are men, there are women and there are people who are neither men nor women. They are viewed as a “third sex” that has always existed, they are called “hijra”, they dress like women and there are about … Continue reading

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India : Dussehra, a festival to celebrate the social order

Every autumn, hindus all over India celebrate Dussehra, an important religious festival which commemorates the victory of Good over Evil. During this period, at Kota ( Rajasthan), actors play “ramlila” for 30 evenings ( Everywhere else, it lasts 10 days.). A”ramlila” is … Continue reading

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Gaduliya Lohar, a nomadic caste from India

As usual, they are seated in front of their “gadi”, the chariot they use to travel as well as their house. While the man is making a pick by hammering on his anvil, his wife is rotating the bellows.  Timelessly, … Continue reading

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