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indiastretched Two rather brave crows try their luck at getting dangerously close to a Tibetan wolf at Gangtok, Sikkim. The Tibetan wolf is called shanko or chanko in Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti, the Garhwal and Kumaon region and Sikkim. They are also widespread in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and Central Asia. The wolves are an important carnivore in the Himalayas along with the Snow Leopard. They are distinctly identifiable by their light colored dense coat, and they are larger in size than the gray wolf of the Indian plains. 14h

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indiastretched A flower seller in the streets of Pushkar, Rajasthan. Pushkar is a juxtaposition of medieval India with the modern. The flower seller caters to pilgrims thronging the innumerable temples in the town and the antique shop behind him caters to the burgeoning tourist trade, mostly foreigners. Till 20 years back Pushkar was a sleepy pilgrimage town which came to life only during hindu festivals and the annual camel fair held in November. It has now become an epicenter of tourism in Rajasthan, with many westerners staying for long periods, thanks to cheap rents, peaceful vibes and a central location. For many disillusioned westerners it has now become a quieter and cheaper alternative to Varanasi. It is not uncommon to see notices written in Hebrew for the large number of Israelis visiting the town. If you hang around in Pushkar for a while you will be invariably approached for hash. The shops now sell all type of tourism paraphernalia, from renting Royal Enfield motorcycles to selling antiques sourced from across India. 2mon

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indiastretched A beautiful spider waiting for its prey in the forests of Sikkim. These belong to the golden silk orb-weavers, noted for the impressive webs they weave. They are also known as giant wood spiders or banana spiders. This species is called Nephilia Pilipes and identified by the yellow spots on the joints of its limbs. These spiders do not built symmetrical geometric webs but rather an asymmetric mesh pattern. Their species name Nephila comes from ancient Greek, meaning "fond of spinning". Their common name comes from the golden color of the spider silk. It is one of the biggest spiders in the world. 3d

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3mon rositaja
Normal Susanne 
rositaja Einen schönen heimeligen Sonntag wünschen wir euch, die Unverbesserlichen 3mon

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santiagostreetstyle El #shopping esencial y el #wishlist de la temporada que incluye a #officeshoes y #givenchy; así como un anticipo de la agenda de desfiles de las colecciones #cruise de marcas como #louisvuitton, #chanel y #dior que presentarán en #LA y #Seul #Seoul en mayo.

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indiastretched An idol of the goddess Lakshmi is immersed in the River Hooghly at Calcutta. Water burial has a long history in India. In the past, dead or dying Hindus were regularly left either on the banks of the Ganges or floated downstream. Unwanted children or more commonly, new born female children, were discarded by drowning them in rivers. One very famous example is Kunti, the mother of the Pandavas, floating away her first born son Karna, who was born before her marriage to Pandu. The story is remarkably similar to how Moses was saved from the Nile by an Egyptian princess. 1w

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indiastretched Women returning from jhoom fields with the day's harvest at Sadolpara village, Meghalaya. Jhooming is the ancient form of slash and burn cultivation which predates settled agriculture. In the stone age this method was universally adopted as the first form of cultivation. Over time its relevance decreased as humans largely abandoned their hunter-gatherer lifestyle for settled communities. Slash and burn cultivation is now prevalent mainly in South East Asia starting from India's North East all the way to Papua New Guinea. It is also practiced in Madagascar and the Amazon rainforests. 5d

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rositaja Das Alte stürzt, es ändert sich die Zeit.
Und neues Leben blüht aus den Ruinen. Friedrich Schiller (Wilhelm Tell) The old collapses, it changes the time
And new life blossoms in the ruins. Auf ein Neues - it's weekend
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rositaja Irgendwie hab ich grad'n Hänger. Zuviel Ruhe tut mir gar nicht gut 3mon

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indiastretched At the end of a long day, a Garo woman relaxes puffing over a bidi in South Garo Hills district, Meghalaya. One of the most liberating sights in India's Northeast is women smoking freely, without the slightest care for the world. Country made bidis are the norm, but in the rural interiors dried maize husk is used as a substitute for rolling paper. Here chai breaks are replaced by smoking breaks. Its standard to see women working in agricultural fields, smoking a joint like a boss. 1w

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indiastretched A sculptor painting an idol of the goddess Kali at the famous artists' neighbourhood at Kumartuli, Calcutta. Hinduism is truly magical in its iconography. In cinematic parlance, their appearance can be termed as "suspension of disbelief". They often have multiple arms, some have animal heads or depicted riding on beasts and all of them have unique characteristics and weapons which distinguishes them from other deities. Kali is the ferocious aspect of Shiva's consort Parvati. She is always sticking her tongue out, a gesture which is used as a sign of aggression, similar to how the Maoris of New Zealand used their protruding tongues in their Haka war dance to intimidate their enemies. The red tongue also signifies the blood lust of the goddess. Kali is the foremost sacrificial goddess in the Hindu Pantheon, and till a few hundred years back humans were ritually beheaded at Kali temples till the British banned the custom. 2w

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bettanefi This adorable little mama Kajsa have puppies at home. And she sure needed a Spa Day sooo...very much, and enjoyed every second 1w

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indiastretched Well, I guess its not everyday that one comes across a bikini clad ogress lurking in the streets. This blue skinned badass is an imaginative version of a Dakini. They appear in both Tantric Hinduism and Buddhism as malevolent female spirits and accompany the blood thirsty goddess Kali. Dakinis can be seen as devouring human flesh and punishing humans in hell. I find such representation of the grotesque a fascinating aspect of Hinduism's tolerance for the unorthodox. In this way cannibalism, which has a long history in many parts of the world, is represented in mainstream Hinduism. If seen separately they appear repulsive, but as followers of Kali, Dakinis are readily revered as deliverers of Karma! 1w

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