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The Call of Yama

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Keywords: death, yama, yamadharma

Self Immolation depicted in a Stone Sculpture
Atma Bali (Sacrifice of the Soul) -- Sculpture from Andhra Pradesh
Man Committing Suicide

The Pinda Offerings

Gifting of the Brahmins (brahmana puja)
Hindu Last Rites
Feeding of the River
As part of the Hindu last rites, a man feeds a river.

Tonsuring of the Head
A son shaves off his hair in mourning the death of his father.
 Hindu Final Rites
The Feeding of the River

Mourners reading Kamat's old letters
Kamat was a prolific letter writer. Most people who received his letters felt that they were worthy of preservation.
Kamat the Letter Writer

Symbolic Re-burning of the Dead

Funeral Rituals at a Waterfall
The death rites are usually conducted outside the home, usually at the cremation ground or near a waterfall.
Hindu Final Rites

The Pinda (Rice Ball) Offerings

Man Weaving a Platform from Bamboo Strips
Preparation of chatta -- a structure to carry the dead
Hindu Death Rituals
Death in Indian Culture
Journey of the Dead to Heaven
Illustration based on art of pre-historic Indians

Antyeshti Proceedings
Body being readied for funeral pyre, Bombay Burning Ghat
19th Century India
Hindu Death Rites
Hindu Death Anniversary Rites

Hindu Death Rites
Sacred place of Gokarn, 2006
The Samskara Sacrament
Yama, the God of Death
Yama with a Noose

Man Slicing his Throat with a Dagger
Detail from a hero-stone, Gujarat
Suicide in India


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