Time I'm Dead
by Michael Plümpe
Sonu, a ten
year old boy, lives in the Indian city Varanasi on the Ganges.
"My country is holy place" says Sonu and the city is seeped
in this knowledge of its holiness: a place of faith, but also of
works on the "Burning Ghats". Here, on the banks of the
Ganges the dead are burnt day in, day out - in public and without
any great ceremony - an everyday business.
the modest rite and describes soberly the practical treatment of
the dead - also of those dead, who aren't burnt, but thrown into
the river, food for fish or ravens.
this apparently irreverent treatment of the corpses for european
perceptions may seem - for a Hindu it is the solemn consequence
of his belief.
different view on death - and upon life is presented without commentary,
described only with the words of a child.
now - Which Time I'm Dead -