The Crown of Life


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“Old age: the crown of life, our play’s last act.”
(Marcus Tullius Cicero – Ancient Roman Lawyer, Writer, Scholar, Orator and Statesman, 106 BC-43 BC)

This man took a bath near Nepali ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
He took a long time to dress and therefore he gave me the opportunity to take several pictures of each layers of cloth that he was adding on his body.
I never saw such garments before and I don’t know where could he come from.
In this kind of ritual I wanted to believe that each layer was a few years of his life.
Later he was climbing very slowly each stairs leading to the upper terrace where I was standing and when he came nearby I tried to get an eye contact with him but he didn’t see me, I think he was deeply in his toughts or maybe he was praying.
I could feel an invisible halo, something like a radiant brightness, which could possibly be the crown of life…

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