JADE DANIELLE SMITH

Nepalese Woman in Kathmandu, two weeks before the earthquakes. (April), 2015.

A Young Nepalese boy inside one of the temples in Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal. Two weeks before the earthquakes. (April), 2015.


Nepalese children in the capital city of Kathmandu, Nepal, early April 2015. 


Local boy outside his home in Kathmandu, Nepal. (April), 2015.

A Nepalese girl in the now destroyed Durbar Square, Kathmandu , Nepal. (April), 2015.

This is Bagmati river outside Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu early April, 2015. A very spiritual place for Hindus, they come here to cremate their loved ones who have passed away. There is normally a fee for this cremation service but with the recent disaster it is now free for the Nepalese to pursue funerals here. Professional body burners are hired in order for the cremation to take place. Surrounded by loved ones the body is  normally dressed with colourful scented sheets along with their personal jewellery. Unsuspecting to the locals, this quiet river would soon become home to a mass grave of funerals. Since the first earthquake the normal rate of cremations rose from 15-20 a day to nearly 300 bodies a day. With a shortage of timber, people have had no choice but to be burned together rather than traditionally on their own.

The Holy Men of Kathmandu are called Sadhus.
Through meditation and practicing their religion they dedicate their lives to reaching moksa, which is liberation.

The word Sadhu actually means 'good man' these Sadhus (Holy Men) give up all their material possessions and sexual attachments so that they can focus on their spirit journey. It is very common to see them around Pashupatinath Temple because this is one of the most spiritual temples in the world dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Local Nepalese woman in her Ramdi , Nepal two weeks before the earthquakes. (April), 2015.

A Nepalese woman in her Ramdi shop. (April), 2015.

Pokhara, Nepal , April 2015
Chitwan National Park , Nepal , April 2015, Fuji XT1
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