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Shekhawati, an open museum in India

The semi-desert region of Shekhawati ( in the western state of Rajasthan) is a colourful fantasy having a fascination of its own. An open air museum famous for its plethora of painted “haveli” ( urban mansion). Shekhawati means “the land … Continue reading

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India : the Bhil tribe

Bhils are the largest tribe in South Asia ( about 13.000.000 people). They live in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra and also in Pakistan. There was a time when they were known as fine archers hence their … Continue reading

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Adoption in traditional India

In a country where having a son is so important, adoption is a fairly common practice since long. Those who do not have male children usually want to adopt a male child to continue their line of succession. In Rajasthan … Continue reading

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India : the bad boys kings

Since 3 decades, Jaisalmer, a town situated in the indian Thar desert, has seen a huge development due to its strategic importance near the Pakistani border and its medieval style. Be they soldiers, tourists or locals, people mingle freely in a place that has become … Continue reading

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India : Mira Baï, a mystical princess who renunced everything to live her passion

Mira Baï, a 16° century princess, is still famous for the numerous hymns she wrote, all in praise of Krishna, the god of love, one of the main hindu gods. Her poems are still sung in northern India, and in … Continue reading

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India : Where women used to burn themselves alive…

In the medieval times, “jauhar” was a collective suicide, women belonging to the Rajput clans did ( Rajput are the princes and warriors class in the Indian state of Rajasthan) to protect their code of honour, of duty and of … 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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