Amy Bates USA
In 2014, a dear friend invited me to India and Nepal to photograph syncretic shrines for his book. While studying at Arizona State University I took a cultural class focused on the Hindu death rituals in Varanasi along the Ganges River - then a few years later, found myself sitting on a Ghat, next to a cow, watching these rituals take place.
Inspired by their incredible spirituality and compassion, these digital artistic images from Nepal and India reveal the beauty and sophistication within everyday life on the Ganges; representing their cultural rituals and traditions practiced daily through generations.
"Religions around the world demonstrate that spiritual life requires constant attention and a subtle, often beautiful technology by which spiritual principles and understandings are kept alive." Thomas Moore