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India : Moinuddin Chishti, a sufi master

Ten years ago, in september 2002, a bizarre incident happened at Ajmer, a town in the Indian western state of Rajasthan. A 37 year old man died by jumping into a large cauldron of boiling rice ( it can contain up to 3 … Continue reading

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In India, eating human flesh is a way to gain spiritual powers

Here is some publicity for a video : http://www.ceveni.com/2009/01/aghori-sadhus-eating-human-flesh-video.html It’s about cannibalism, “aghori sadhu” and what faithful people can do… It’s gruesome but there are people who like it ! For those who don’t know, “sadhu” are hindu men who renunce everything … 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 : where men crash coconuts on their head as a sign of devotion

At Dasanur, 35 kms from Coimbatore ( in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu), men belonging to the Kurumba Gownder caste break coconuts on their face to please their favourite deity, Banma Mahali Amman. (Kurumba Gownder are a caste of shepherds … Continue reading

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India : the Godhra carnage

Gujarat is a state in western India, once famous for its cotton fields and its salines. Gujarat is also the native land of Mahatma Gandhi. Like him, Gujarati are an audacious and traditional minded people. But despite being devot hindus, these efficient businessmen … Continue reading

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The great wall of India

In the 19° century, India had its own great wall dividing its northern parts into almost two equal parts. While the Great Wall of China was made of stone and meant to defend the country against foreign invaders, the Indian one … Continue reading

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Nepal : about the Tibetan exiles

Today, 15 000 out of a total of 110 000 Tibetan exiles live in Nepal, predominantly in the valleys of Kathmandu and Pokhara. Many of these hard-working immigrants have now achieved success in the carpet and handicrafts businesses, to the point … Continue reading

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