Wed 20-Nov Varanasi
Dawn on Ganges
- in hand rowed boat (2 younger men at front, older man on rear like on gondola)
- candles left on the river in memory of family members who have died
- Ganges flooded in last year, note colour change on brickwork on 1444
- laundry done by hand in river
- people bathing in Ganges and drinking water from river
- man meditating
- pinkish building is the electric crematorium - for people over 3 to burn their sins, but babies are just put in the river, this one is upstream of all we have seen to date, the traditional wood one is downstream of most
- sunrise
- guy with TV in rowboat is selling DVDs, powered from an inverter
- Varanasi is on 2 rivers, second runs through city
- Budda gave his first sermon here, under a tree
- story of his enlighenment is inside
- the tree under which the statues of the first sermon was grown from a cutting of a tree cut from a tree that was grown from a cutting from a tree under which he gave a/the sermon
- prayer wheels
- archealogical site where several monastries, 2 stupas one of which remains, the other used as bricks for the floor of a factory in 1700s
- surviving stupor contains work from 3rd century with the outside being from the 12th century
- buddist devotees from thailand i think believe pressing gold leaf is an offerring to budda
- water tower in town is surrounded by pool of stagnant water
 - silk factory
- jacquard loom is machine assisted hand woven can do 12cm per day and can change patterns easily
- full manual loom uses 2 men, can do 3cm per day but can do very much more complex patterns, but very difficult to retool. It can do many more colours.
- with both it is 'easy' to do the same pattern with different colour combinations
- dressing a sari
- shawl over head when married