The Last Avatars: Portraits show Hindu sect who turn their bodies blue with human ash on their skin

Mail Online | 8/14/2018 | Sam Lock For Mailonline
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Incredible images revealed for the first time offer a rare glimpse into the far-flung and near-forgotten tribes across India: the only surviving relics of centuries-old cultures and traditions.

The portraits form a body of work inspired by the Hindu concept of avatar - the appearance or incarnation of a deity on earth - and are part of photographer Aman Chotani's attempt to document the tribes and culture of his homeland before they vanish forever.

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'What happens when a culture vanishes? What happens when traditions, folklore, spirituals, and lifestyle fly by the wayside, never to be seen or heard of again?' Chotani asks.

Stunning shots show a guru from the Aghori, a reclusive and holy Hindu sect thought to possess healing powers, who stands proudly against the setting sun as his body is painted in an electric blue.

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The Aghori reside near cremation sites along the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi where bodies are routinely cremated and scattered into the sacred river.

The ashes are collected and smeared across the skin to create a bluish grey colouring, aiding the Aghori's search for spiritual enlightenment.

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Shunning material belongings, the Aghori often walk around unclothed in an attempt to encourage detachment from what they see as earthly delusions and better...
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