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Holy city of life and death : Varanasi, India

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Alternate title:Varanasi, India
Death and dying in Varanasi
Summary:Situated by the bank of the holy Ganges, Varanasi (also known as Kashi or Benares) is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Founded approximately 3,000 years ago, the city is the religious and cultural capital of India - considered by many to be the holiest place on earth. Every year Hindus in great numbers go there to die, believing that cremation in that place of renewal provides an immediate entry to heaven. Shot on location, this program celebrates life and death, examines the Hindu beliefs and rituals about life and death, and discusses how those forces have sustained Varanasi through history.
Contributor:Fujita, Hideyo
Waycott, Angus, 1947-
Handover, Elizabeth
Tomita, Isao, 1932-
Provider:Nihon Hōsō Kyōkai
Bayerischer Rundfunk
Telepool GmbH
Télé Images International
Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Place of origin – Continent:North America
Place of origin – Country:United States of America
Topical subjects:Hinduism -- India -- Vārānasi (Uttar Pradesh) -- Customs and practices
Funeral rites and ceremonies, Hindu -- India -- Vārānasi (Uttar Pradesh)
Death -- Religious aspects -- Hinduism
Vārānasi (Uttar Pradesh, India) -- Religious life and customs
Genre:Documentary television programs
Educational television programs
Credits:NHK Documentary ; director, Hideyo Fujita; international co-producers, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Telepool, Tele Images International. Narration, Angus Waycott, Elizabeth Handover. Music, Isao Tomita.
Repository:Nonprint Media Services
Browse terms:Religion
Films@UM Browse terms:Religion, Philosophy
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