Afterlife and Fertility in Varanasi

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Abstract

Reflecting on death and the afterlife in the Indian context, one of the holiest cities in India immediately comes to mind: Varanasi. It is a city connected to death and the liberation of the soul. It is known to be Shiva’s dwelling place—a god who has the power to destroy and to recreate. This essay looks at the death rituals practiced on the riverbank of the city, and analyzes how deeply fertility and death are connected in Varanasi’s sacred geography.

Keywords

Fertility Death rituals Shiva Aghori Varanasi 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pulwaddo PequenoBenaulim, SalceteIndia

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