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Kumbha Mela (Iconographic document)


Demski, Dagnosław

Place of publishing:

Allahabad ; Allahabad District ; Uttar Pradesh

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Photography (scan from a slide). The views from Kumbha Mela. In the foreground you can see the streets and people living in huts. Before huts lie piles of wood offered for sale. In January and February nights are cool on the Ganges. Behind the street is visible the area of celebration - a lot of tents and overpass. This is done during the Kumbha Mela that take place in Allahabad every 12 years (after 6 years is done so called. Semi-mela). This is the most numerous festival in northern India, and Allahabad uniqueness lies in the fact that it lies at the point where the Yamuna flows into the Ganges. Place of merging the waters and precisely place can be seen by the different colors of both water - is considered particularly auspicious for bathing during the Kumbha mela

Subject and Keywords:

ethnography ; social culture ; social life ; material culture ; Kumbha Mela festival ; Allahabad (India)

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part 1, box 12, 0011


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Copyright-protected material. May be used within the limits of statutory user freedoms

Digitizing institution:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Original in:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Projects co-financed by:

Programme Innovative Economy, 2010-2014, Priority Axis 2. R&D infrastructure ; European Union. European Regional Development Fund





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