Next day I decided to go visit Bhaktapur, so I woke up very early to go take pictures of people busy in rice plantation. I felt very sick and it was hot but the town made me forget my sickness.
While walking there I felt like I was in the medieval age, it was really incredible. Historical places like this, that never changed are very rare now-a-days.
I am so happy to have seen this city which probably 90 % of the western people will never see.
I went once more to Patan hoping that it will rain to take a typical picture of the monsoon. I again met my guide friend. He invited me to a really small bar in Patan which was filled with lots of old Nepali men. He kindly offered me a Coca Cola! I then managed to go back home to Boudhanath, in a Tuk-Tuk, an auto-rickshaw, without losing my way.
There was a rock climbing competition in Thamel, and I had to go there to take pictures of the event. It was very much fun because I could enter the competition! I lost. But it was still a really nice day. I went to drink beer in Thamel on my own after the competition, "Everest Beer", the best! I have been staying alone for one week now in a completely different country, and it is very interesting how you change, when you do that. I can only encourage people to travel alone.
I think when I went to Pashupatinath, it was the hardest day of all my trips. In France, death is something everyone is scared of, we don't really talk about it, and when it happens, it is the most sad thing ever. Here when I saw a few cremation ceremonies, and how they were done, I was very surprised. I saw the body, the pale face and the eyes of a dead man. And I wasn't alone, three hundred people were looking at this as well.
While they were washing the dead body in the sacred Bagmati river, children were swimming and having fun right next to it. The vision I had of death was changed. They then put the body on fire from the mouth because according to the religion here, it is from the mouth that life starts, sustains and finishes.
I watched this for fifteen minutes, and now I think about it, I should never have stayed for so long. I still ask myself which culture is right regarding death? French or Nepali?
Is there really a right way of dealing with death? Cultures are so different that I think there is no right way, just different ways.I met Sadhus, and I think they are very interesting too. They have thick beards and long dread locks. They look like the God of destruction, Shiva. The sadhus rub ashes all over their bodies, the ashes of the dead from Pashupatinath. It was a very hard day for me to digest it all.
Yet at the same time, a very interesting and incredible day. After speaking with Nepali People about Pashupatinath, I heard two interesting sayings, " Death is normal, because people die every day." and " It is nice to go to the cremation place once in a while and take a look, because it is our final destination".
I tasted some Momos today. They are some sort of ravioli with buffalo cooked in steam. I talked a lot with my roommate, and he told me so many stories on Hinduism. He told me about many different Hindu Gods, how they were born and what roles they serve. Beliefs, Gods, life, death and happiness, we talked about everything. And I have to say I am more and more passionate towards this religion, that still scares me a little sometimes.
I visited the "Monkey Temple". It was so incredible. I arrived in a bus in front of some very big Buddha statues. I walked around the hill for fifteen minutes and arrived in front of stairs - and stairs and some more stairs.
So I started going up and up, it was never ending.
When I reached the top and looked at the view, I was captivated and speechless. It was such an amazing view.
I saw all of Kathmandu, just beneath me, a three hundred sixty degrees view. The Stupa is also amazing and it too has big Buddha eyes like the Stupa in Bouddhanath.
TO BE CONTINUED ...
Story: Oscar Michel
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