posted on Jan, 13 2011 @ 05:32 AM
The worst trip I ever took was to India. I went with my aunt and uncle who were photographers and stayed there for three weeks. I've been to a LOT of
jarring places in my life, but India is the one place that I will never visit again. The first thing I have to tell you about is the stench. The
overpowering smell of body odor, feces, and decomposition permeates every pore on your body. It's ALL you can smell. Even bottled water carries the
taste of it all because it's all around you.
The second thing is that you better respect the cow poop.
Finally, the man who showed us around told us that they put their dead into the water and bathe in and drink that water because it helps keep those
who are lost with you. It's the ultimate show of respect to still "honor" someone in death the way you would in life. In life ... you bathe, drink,
and visit with the living. In death ... you do the same. They usually pull the bodies out into the distance and it's considered a sign of luck and/or
blessings when the body floats back. The fact that animals make meals off the dead is also supposedly a good thing. It's the circle of life for them.
The dead give the gift of living by providing food and nourishing the water with their life's essence.
That's what was told to us. I don't know if that's all true or if it's something they tell foreigners to blow our minds, but I saw plenty of dead
people in water. They also put their cows in water when they die, too.
I don't regret going to India and seeing the things that I did because it made me appreciate and value what I have here in the States, but I mean it
when I say I will never go back there.