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    While studying at Arizona State University I took a cultural class focused on the Hindu death rituals in Varanasi along the Ganges River.  A few years later, a dear friend invited me to India and Nepal to photograph syncretic shrines for his book and I found myself sitting on a Ghat, next to a cow, watching these rituals take place. 

    Inspired by the passionate spirituality and incredible compassion and kindness from those we met, these digital artistic images from India reveal both beauty and sophistication within everyday life on the Ganges; representing cultural ritual and tradition that has been practiced daily throughout 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