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KUMBH MELA, INDIA

The Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred river. It is considered to be the world’s largest congregation of religious pilgrims and the largest peaceful gathering in the world with over 70 -100 million visiting during the Maha Kumbh Mela in 2001 and 2013.   Kumbh means a pitcher and Mela means fair in Hindi. The pilgrimage is held for about one and a half months where it is believed in Hinduism that drops of nectar fell from the Kumbh carried by gods after the sea was churned.

 

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TIBETANS IN EXILE, INDIA & NEPAL

Since the Dalai Lama fled Tibet 1959, waves of Tibetans have joined in a mass exodus to new countries like India as refugees.  Many died on the trek through the snow-filled passes of the Himalaya. Thousands more were to die in India – of heat, of disease, of the shock of losing a whole way of life.  Against considerable odds, this small community has been able to preserve much of its unique 1300 year-old Buddhist culture from Tibet. It has also served as a focus for a lively Tibetan nationalism and its members as spokespeople for those inside the country. Exiles have repeatedly called international attention to abuses and misgovernment by China, until the Chinese themselves acknowledged those abuses at the end of the Cultural Revolution.

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LIGHT AND SHADOW, YUBA CITY, CA

Yuba City has been hosting an annual Guru Gadee Parade since 1979. Sikhs come from all around California, the USA and Canada and other locations around the world. Local people and folks from around California come to observe the festivities. Some years more than 100,000 people attend, and each year the numbers grow. The parade runs for several miles through the streets of Yuba City. Here are a selection of images taken as folks return home in the late afternoon sun.

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