2002 Photo Contest, General News, 3rd prize

Tiane Doan na Champassak

Agence Vu for Stern

01 January, 2001

Women dress themselves after bathing at the Kumbh Mela Festival. The 2001 festival was the biggest ever, in a cycle that sees it swell in size every twelfth year. Now the largest gathering of humans on earth, it drew 70 million pilgrims, meeting peacefully to celebrate an ancient ritual. Staying in a vast tent city, the Hindu faithful take dips at the confluence of the Ganges and Jamuna rivers, believing that the purifying waters wash away a lifetime's sin.

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Tiane Doan na Champassak

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