The Corpse Burner´s Son
May 15, 2017 4:13 AM   Subscribe

Born a cremator: An Indian boy's fight for an education.
The occupation of burning bodies remains an inherited one - passed from father to son. Despite performing this important Hindu ritual, the community is treated as "untouchable" by Hindus from more privileged castes.
Manikarnika Ghat - The tourism of Death.
Children of the Pyre was a film made in 2008.
posted by adamvasco (3 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Thanks for posting this.

the 2015 indian indie movie Maasan includes the story of a Dom boy who falls in love with a higher caste girl while studying at school. its a romantic tragedy and a beautifully made film. it seems like its on Netflix if these articles and the documentary have you interested in more (fictionalized) stories.
posted by Exceptional_Hubris at 8:06 AM on May 15, 2017 [1 favorite]

What an absolutely haunting story of human misery, determination, and hope. Those two brothers. I know my sister would sacrifice herself for me the same way, and it's making the room very dusty.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 9:19 AM on May 15, 2017

This my country's shame. This social system that far more deeply locks people into place than any legally overthrowable laws on race or origin.
posted by infini at 9:51 AM on May 15, 2017 [2 favorites]

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