Holy city of life and death : Varanasi, India

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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.
Fujita, Hideyo; Waycott, Angus, 1947-; Handover, Elizabeth; Tomita, Isao, 1932-
Nihon Hōsō Kyōkai; Bayerischer Rundfunk; Telepool GmbH; Télé Images International; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Documentary television programs; Educational television programs
Religion; Religion, Philosophy; 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
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53 minutes; color


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NHK Documentary ; director, Hideyo Fujita; international co-producers, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Telepool, Tele Images International. Narration, Angus Waycott, Elizabeth Handover. Music, Isao Tomita.
Other Identifiers
Filename: lms-089839; Fedora 2 PID: umd:10809; Handle Identifier: hdl:1903.1/3284; Catalog Key: alephsys003476061; OCLC: ocn709668840

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