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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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The Anglo-indians, a community that is fast disappearing

The Anglo-Indians are one of the many communities of India. They are the descendants of European men who had relations with Indian women when India was under the control of European colonial powers ( Netherlands, France, Portugal and of course Great … Continue reading

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The “parsi” : a community threatened with extinction

“Within 50 years, may be we will no more exist” worry the last 67.000 “parsi” of India, almost all of them living in Mumbaï, the economic capital of the country. This tight-knit community left Persia ( now Iran) in the … 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 : where women are married to young boys…

Through most of the day, Usmail carries sandstone slabs at a quarry in the Thar desert ( Rajasthan, India). It’s a back-breaking work under the unforgiving sun and anybody would be happy to return home when the day’s work is … Continue reading

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India : on snakes, cosmetics and evil spirits

Sapera are one of the many gypsy communities living in India. In a recent past, they used to wander in the western state of Rajasthan where they are still considered as untouchables by the indian mainstream because of their way of … Continue reading

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India : “the western economic model is highly toxic”

“The western economic model is highly toxic”. That’s what an Indian environmentalist said not long ago. He said also : “I hope we, Indians, have a better understanding of how nature functions”. It reminds me what a 15°-16° century indian guru … Continue reading

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India : the “Don’t touch me” theory

According to the hindus, every creature ( including the plants) has an aura, an invisible emanation surrounding him. This aura is the result of the past thoughts, actions and karma. Touching someone who has depressive thoughts can badly affect your own aura. … Continue reading

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India : the slow death of the minstrels

Minstrels are the custodians of a dying art. Formerly, Kasturi ( the woman above) accompanied her husband when he was visiting the villages of Rajasthan ( a state in western India) to perform. She used to sing and dance while he … Continue reading

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