Blog / Ongoing projects » religion

Tagged religion

Namaste Nepal

Last month I had the change to spend a – way to short – week in Nepal working on a project about maternal healthcare for USAID.

In between the shootings, I was just able to briefly explore Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan.

I really love what I saw: the light, the colours and the people were just amazing. I’m really looking forward to have the chance to going back and explore the country properly.

In the meantime, this is what I was able to shoot:


November 15, 2014 - Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). Waiting for my connection flight to Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 15, 2014 – Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). Waiting for my connection flight to Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 17, 2014 - Bhaktapur (Nepal). Wandering in the streets of Bhaktapur. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 17, 2014 – Bhaktapur (Nepal). Wandering in the streets of Bhaktapur. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 17, 2014 - Bhaktapur (Nepal). Young kids walk back home after school. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 17, 2014 – Bhaktapur (Nepal). Young kids walk back home after school. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 16, 2014 - Bhaktapur (Nepal). A young devote prays in Taumadhi square inside the holy city of Bhaktapur, a few km outside Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 16, 2014 – Bhaktapur (Nepal). A young devote prays in Taumadhi square inside the holy city of Bhaktapur, a few km outside Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 16, 2014 - Bhaktapur (Nepal). Devotees pray and sing in Taumadhi square inside the holy city of Bhaktapur, a few km outside Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 16, 2014 – Bhaktapur (Nepal). Devotees pray and sing in Taumadhi square inside the holy city of Bhaktapur, a few km outside Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 18, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Contruction workers and passengers at the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 18, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Contruction workers and passengers at the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 18, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). View of the Himalaya on my way to Nepalganj. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 18, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). View of the Himalaya on my way to Nepalganj. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 18, 2014 - Nepalganj (Nepal). Commuters board a local bus coming from the Indian border outside the city of Nepalganj. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 18, 2014 – Nepalganj (Nepal). Commuters board a local bus coming from the Indian border outside the city of Nepalganj. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 20, 2014 - Nepalganj (Nepal). Foggy morning in Nepalganj. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 20, 2014 – Nepalganj (Nepal). Foggy morning in Nepalganj. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 20, 2014 - Nepalganj (Nepal). Foggy morning in Nepalganj. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 20, 2014 – Nepalganj (Nepal). Foggy morning in Nepalganj. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 20, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Buddhist monks in front of the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu - also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 20, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Buddhist monks in front of the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu – also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 20, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Interior of one of the monastery built in front of the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 20, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Interior of one of the monastery built in front of the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 20, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). People pray inside the courtyard of the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu - also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 20, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). People pray inside the courtyard of the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu – also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Devotees pray in the early morning inside the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu - also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Devotees pray in the early morning inside the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu – also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Devotees pray in the early morning inside the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu - also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Devotees pray in the early morning inside the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu – also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Devotees pray in the early morning inside the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu - also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Devotees pray in the early morning inside the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu – also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Buddhist monks play football in the courtyard of a monastery nearby Swayambunath Stupa in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Buddhist monks play football in the courtyard of a monastery nearby Swayambunath Stupa in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Young monks play outside a monastery near the Swayambunath Stupa, better known as "Monkey Temple" in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Young monks play outside a monastery near the Swayambunath Stupa, better known as “Monkey Temple” in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). A devotee light candles at Swayambunath Stupa, better known as "Monkey Temple" in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). A devotee light candles at Swayambunath Stupa, better known as “Monkey Temple” in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). A view of the park that sorrounds the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). A view of the park that sorrounds the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). View of the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, where many locals perform the cremation of their loved ones.  © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). View of the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, where many locals perform the cremation of their loved ones. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). A family during a ceremony held in front ot the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. Locals come to the temple to cremate their loved ones and to remember their ancestors. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). A family during a ceremony held in front ot the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. Locals come to the temple to cremate their loved ones and to remember their ancestors. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). A family bring woods for an open-air cremation at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). A family bring woods for an open-air cremation at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). A family prepares the body of a loved one for an open-air cremation at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu - locals believe that the deceased person sin's are cleaned away submerging his feet in the Bagmati river. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). A family prepares the body of a loved one for an open-air cremation at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu – locals believe that the deceased person sin’s are cleaned away submerging his feet in the Bagmati river. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). A family burn the body of a loved one during an open-air cremation at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). A family burn the body of a loved one during an open-air cremation at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Two holy men talk at the phone in the park that sorrounds the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Two holy men talk at the phone in the park that sorrounds the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 23, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Apprentice monks walk in the streets of Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 23, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Apprentice monks walk in the streets of Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 23, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Locals visit the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu - also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 23, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Locals visit the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu – also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Locals chill out in Durbar square. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Locals chill out in Durbar square. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Pigeons in Durbar square. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Pigeons in Durbar square. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Devotees pray in front of a shrine in Durbar square. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Devotees pray in front of a shrine in Durbar square. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 23, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Fabric sellers in the streets of Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 23, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Fabric sellers in the streets of Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 23, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Fabric sellers in the streets of Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 23, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Fabric sellers in the streets of Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 23, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). In the streets of Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 23, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). In the streets of Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 23, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). In the streets of Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 23, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). In the streets of Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 23, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Chickens are sold in a butchery of Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 23, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Chickens are sold in a butchery of Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

Final ceremony for the funeral of the late Cambodian King Sihanouk

A final procession, in which the ashes of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk, were accompanied by King Sihamoni and Queen Mother Monineath from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, concluded the 7 days of funeral ceremonies.

[button align=”center” link=”http://www.demotix.com/news/1777122/final-ceremony-funeral-late-cambodian-king-sihanouk” margin=”20″]You can also see the reportage on Demotix.com[/button]

[divider]

07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Guards rests in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, minutes before the beginning of the procession in which the remaining ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk were carried from the crematorium to the Royal Palace.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Only very few Cambodian citizens were allowed to pray nearby the crematorium site.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Monineath arrive at the crematorium site to collect the remaining ashes of the late former King Norodom Sihanouk.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
Queen Monineath (76), accompanied by her son, King Norodom Sihamoni carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Bun Rany, wife of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, walks in the procession in which the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Sihanouk, were carried from the Crematorium to the Royal Palace.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.

[divider style=”top” ]

Cremation Ceremony of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk

On the 4th day of the funeral, the body of the late Cambodian King Sihanouk, is cremated in a sumptuous Buddhist ceremony held in the crematorium built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, at the presence of numerous foreign heads of state.

If interested, you can also see the reportages of the first day and of the second and third.

[button align=”center” link=”http://www.demotix.com/news/1771595/cremation-ceremony-late-cambodian-king-norodom-sihanouk” margin=”20″]You can also see the reportage on Demotix.com[/button]

[divider]

04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Two guards take a rest in the morning of the last day of the four day ceremony of King Norodom’s funeral.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Two military relax nearby the boat that will be used to release some of the ashes of King Father Norodom Sihanouk into the Mekong river.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. A woman clears the floor in the front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, minutes before the beginning of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Hundreds of Cambodians are allowed to enter the creamatorium site and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk a few hours before the cremation ceremony.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Just a few common Cambodians citizens are allowed to pray and pay their respects to the late king Sihanouk, in front of the Vela Meru – the crematorium site.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians wait for hours in the streets of Phnom Penh, the beginning of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk, as Police secured the area around the Vela Meru – the crematorium site.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians wait for hours in the river side of Phnom Penh, the beginning of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk, as Police secured the area around the Vela Meru – the crematorium site.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife, Bun Rany, enter the crematorium site ahead of the start of the cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian King Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Officials enter the Vela Meru (cremation site), before the cremation ceremonies for the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Print shop workers make posters and gadgets with the photos of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk, during the cremation ceremony of his body.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Officials within the Vela Meru (cremation site), during the cremation ceremonies for the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. A family is gathered in front of the television, watching the cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians wait for hours in the river side of Phnom Penh, the beginning of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk, as Police secured the area around the Vela Meru – the crematorium site.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians wait for hours in the river side of Phnom Penh, the beginning of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk, as Police secured the area around the Vela Meru – the crematorium site.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Aerial view of the crematorium built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, minutes before the cremation of the body of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Guests at the crematorium, built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, minutes before the cremation of the body of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Fireworks explode at the site of cremation for Cambodia’s former King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk cry minutes after the cremation of the late Cambodian King Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Smoke comes out the chimney of the crematorium minutes after the end of the cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Cambodian women cry after the ending of the ceremony of cremation of the late King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians who waited for hours in the river side of Phnom Penh, climb over the fences, minutes after the end of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians who waited for hours in the river side of Phnom Penh, climb over the fences, minutes after the end of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Smoke comes out the chimney of the crematorium minutes after the end of the cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.

[divider style=”top” ]

Funerals for late Cambodian King Sihanouk continue in Phnom Penh

Celebrations of the funerals of the late king Sihanouk continue in Phnom Penh, with a private ceremony held by the Royal Family at the crematorium site and two massive concentrations of Cambodian people gathered to pay their last respects.

[button align=”center” link=”http://www.demotix.com/news/1768237/funerals-late-cambodian-king-sihanouk-continue-phnom-penh” margin=”20″]You can also see the reportage on Demotix.com[/button]

[divider]

02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. The Royal band enters the crematorium site ahead of the start of a private ceremony in which the king Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk will pay their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Bun Rany, wife of P.M. Hun Sen, enters the crematorium site ahead of the start of a private ceremony in which the king Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk will pay their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk pay their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk in a private ceremony held in the late afternoon of saturday in the crematorium built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Monks walks out the crematorium site during a private ceremony in which the king Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk have payed their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. For safety reasons, all the area that surround the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh is deserted.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk pay their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk in a private ceremony held in the late afternoon of saturday in the crematorium built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk pay their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk in a private ceremony held in the afternoon of saturday in the crematorium built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Security forces guard the private ceremony held in the afternoon of saturday in the crematorium built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. The royal Band walk out the crematorium site during a private ceremony in which the king Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk have payed their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Fire works in honour of the late King Norodom Sihanouk on the second day of his funeral.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. After the ending of a private ceremony held by the Royal Family, Cambodian people are finally allowed to pay their respects in front of the crematorium where the embalmed body of the late king Sihanouk is kept.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Hundreds of Cambodians gather in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to pay their respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the second day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.

[divider style=”top” ]

Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk

Phnom Penh, 1st of february 2013, buddhist funeral rites for the former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk saw a golden coffin carrying his embalmed body paraded through the streets of Phnom Penh that were lined with thousands of mourners paying their last respects.

The king’s body will be cremated on Monday, 4th of february 2013.

[button align=”center” link=”http://www.demotix.com/news/1763641/cambodia-begins-funeral-rites-former-king-norodom-sihanouk” margin=”20″]You can also see the reportage on Demotix.com[/button]

[divider]

Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Latest retouches before the celebrations of the funeral of the former Cambodian king Sihanouk start.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The final touches are made ahead of the start of the funeral of the former Cambodian King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Apsara dancers in traditional costume waiting for the beginning of the funeral of the former Cambodian King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). A security agent scans a group of Buddhist monks ahead of the start of the funeral of the former Cambodian King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the late former King Sihanouk, comes out the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh surrounded by the higher echelons of the Cambodian Army.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk, comes out the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh surrounded by the higher echelons of the Cambodian Army.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Cannons greeted by a salvo, are fired 21 times, starting the celebrations of the funeral of the former Cambodian King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). A Buddhist monk covers his ear to dampen the noise of cannons that were fired in honour of King Norodom Sihanouk at the start of his funeral.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Officials carrying images of the late king pictured ahead of the start of the funeral of the former Cambodian King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin, carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk, is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh, filled with thousands of people paying the latest respects.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin, carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk, is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh, filled with thousands of people paying the latest respects.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Phnom Penh is filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway for the late King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The streets of Phnom Penh are filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, pay their respects to the late former King Sihanouk just outside the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, pay their respects to the late former King Sihanouk just outside the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, pay their respects to the late former King Sihanouk just outside the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin, carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk, is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh, filled with thousands of people paying the latest respects.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin, carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk, is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh, filled with thousands of people paying the latest respects.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The streets of Phnom Penh are filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway for the late former King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin, carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk, is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh, filled with thousands of people paying the latest respects.
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Thousand of Cambodians gather in front of the huge Creamatorium where the body of the former king Sihanouk was carried late this morning. The body will be cremated on Monday.

[divider style=”top” ]

Tamil community celebrates Thaipusam Festival in Kuala Lumpur

I was supposed to have a nice long week end in company of 2 friends in Kuala Lumpur, but due a visa problem they didn’t make it.

KL is not precisely the most interesting city in Asia, but I was lucky enough that my visit coincided with one of the most important Hindu festival in Malaysia, the Thaipusam, in which more than 1.6 million Tamils gathered in the Batu Caves on the outskirts of city to pay homage to Lord Muruga.

[divider]

26/01/13 – Sri Mahamariaman Temple (Kuala Lumpur). Tamil devotees carry the image of Lord Murugan officially starting the
Thaipusam Festival 2013.
26/01/13 – Kuala Lumpur. Thaipusam festival lasts for three days, beginning with the 15km procession
of a chariot containing a statue of Lord Murugan from Sri Mahamariamman
Temple in Chinatown out to Batu Caves.
26/01/13 – Kuala Lumpur. Thaipusam festival lasts for three days, beginning with the 15km procession
of a chariot containing a statue of Lord Murugan from Sri Mahamariamman
Temple in Chinatown out to Batu Caves.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). Tamil devotees carrying the traditional Kavadi (huge chariots), which means “sacrifice at every step”.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). A devotee pulls a chariot with hooks embedded in his back. This devotees are brought into a trance, whereupon they can apparently be lanced and skewered without feeling pain.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). A devotee pulls a chariot with hooks embedded in his back. This devotees are brought into a trance, whereupon they can apparently be lanced and skewered without feeling pain.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). A devotee carries a sacred chariot called Kavadi (which means “sacrifice at every step”). Normally decorated with flowers and peacock feathers, the larger ones with spikes can weigh as much as 40 kg.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). A devotee walks on knees the stairs towards the entrance of Batu Caves during the Thaipusam festival.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). More than 1.6 million of Hindu Tamil, gather in the Batu Caves, in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), to celebrate the annual Thaipusam festival and to pay homage to Lord Muruga.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). Tamil devotees carry sacred chariots called Kavadi (which means “sacrifice at every step”). Normally decorated with flowers and peacock feathers, the larger ones with spikes can weigh as much as 40 kg.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). A girl is blessed with hashes by a priest during the Thaipusam Festival.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). Close up of a Kavadi (which means “sacrifice at every step”). Normally decorated with flowers and peacock feathers, the larger ones with spikes can weigh as much as 40 kg.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). A devotee in a state of trance during the Thaipusam Festival. Devotees are brought into a trance, whereupon they can apparently be lanced and skewered without feeling pain.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). A devotee in a state of trance during the Thaipusam Festival. Devotees are brought into a trance, whereupon they can apparently be lanced and skewered without feeling pain.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). A devotee in a state of trance during the Thaipusam Festival. Devotees are brought into a trance, whereupon they can apparently be lanced and skewered without feeling pain.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). A devotee in a state of trance during the Thaipusam Festival. Devotees are brought into a trance, whereupon they can apparently be lanced and skewered without feeling pain.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). Devotees in a state of trance during the Thaipusam Festival. Devotees are brought into a trance, whereupon they can apparently be lanced and skewered without feeling pain.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). A devotee in a state of trance during the Thaipusam Festival. Devotees are brought into a trance, whereupon they can apparently be lanced and skewered without feeling pain.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). Thousands of devotees walk towards the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, at the very end of the pilgrimage of the Thaipusam Festival.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). A devotee in a state of trance during the Thaipusam Festival. Devotees are brought into a trance, whereupon they can apparently be lanced and skewered without feeling pain.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). A devotee sits carrying a Kavadi (chariot) . The larger ones with spikes can weigh as much as 40 kg and reach a height of four metres.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). A man falls exhausted after being “liberated” by the weight of the Kavadi (a huge chariot – which means “sacrifice at every step”).
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). A woman throw an offer in a fire in front of the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, at the very end of the pilgrimage of the Thaipusam.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). A devotee carries a sacred chariot called Kavadi (which means “sacrifice at every step”). Normally decorated with flowers and peacock feathers, the larger ones with spikes can weigh as much as 40 kg.
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). A devotee in a state of trance during the Thaipusam Festival. Devotees are brought into a trance, whereupon they can apparently be lanced and skewered without feeling pain.

[divider style=”top” ]

Khmer Krom – The Nowhere People

First used as spies by the CIA during the Vietnam War and later targeted for elimination by Pol Pot’s genocidal regime, Khmer Krom are still victims of numerous human rights violations today. The ones living in Vietnam are being acculturated by Hanoi´s intimidating policies, while others have been forcibly evicted from their ancestral lands in the Mekong Delta and pushed to Cambodia where they are not recognized as full citizens. With no place on either side of the border, the Khmer Krom have become the “nowhere people.” 

This is their story.

I started this project in July 2012, when I spent a week as a tourist visiting some of the Khmer Krom communities and Pagodas in the Mekong Delta. At that point, my aim was just to discover and understand a bit better their ways of life, as well as to visit some of Vietnam’s most iconic sites.

As my first contact with the Khmer Krom communities, my encounter with the reality of their lives was only brief and did not leave me enough time to properly investigate the matter, especially how the restrictions applied by the Vietnamese Government affect the Khmer Krom’s life itineraries.

Therefore, I am planning to go back to the area with the support of several international organisations and NGOs..

It is, of course, an ongoing project.

[button align=”center” link=”http://www.fotovisura.com/user/thomascristofoletti/view/khmer-krom-the-nowhere-people” margin=”20″]See the full project proposal on FotoVisura.com[/button]

[divider]

Vietnam’s Tra Vinh Province in the heart of the Mekong Delta hosts one of the largest populations of ethnic Khmer in the country. The province has more the 140 Temples and Pagodas.
A Khmer Krom monk in Sam Bua Pagoda, just a few kilometers outside Tra Vinh.
Nuns and monks praying in the Hang Pagoda, just outside Tra Vinh (Vietnam).
Buddhist shrine with portrait of Ho Chi Minh in the Hang Pagoda (Tra Vinh). Khmer Krom monks are required to study Ho Chi Minh’s biography and teach Vietnamese history, with many pagodas maintaining shrines to Ho Chi Minh and displaying Communist Party posters on pagoda walls.
A monk studying in the Koskeoseray Pagoda (Tra Vinh – Vietnam). On the wall a picture of Avalokiteśvaras, who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. Portrayed in different cultures as either male or female, Avalokiteśvara is one of the more widely revered bodhisattvas in mainstream Mahayana Buddhism, as well as unofficially in Theravada Buddhism.
Young Khmer Krom monks smoking in Sam Bua Pagoda, just a few kilometers outside Tra Vinh.
Vien Minh Pagoda, Ben Tre (Vietnam). An interesting feature of pagoda is the large white statue of Quan The Am Bo Tat (Goddess of Mercy). The pagoda belongs to Mahayana Buddhism, the most important branch in Vietnam.
Interior of a Catholic Church in Can Tho (Vietnam).
Khmer Krom’s members preparing the Wat Mahatup Pagoda for a ceremony.
A monk smoking in the Trá Sat Pagoda nearby Tra Vinh (Vietnam).
Khmer Krom’s members preparing the Wat Mahatup Pagoda for a ceremony.
Khmer Krom’s members during a ceremony in the Wat Mahatup Pagoda, nearby Soc Trang (Vietnam).
Khmer Krom’s members during a ceremony in the Wat Mahatup Pagoda, nearby Soc Trang (Vietnam).
Board with khmer and vietnamese words in the Chanrangsey Pagoda in central Saigon (Vietnam).
The Chinese Ong Pagoda in Can Tho (Vietnam).
Members of the Cham’s community of Chau Doc (Vietnam), preparing food in the last day of the Ramadam.
The Cham’s mosk of Chau Doc (Vietnam).
A Cham’s cemetery in Chau Doc (Vietnam).

[divider style=”top” ]