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Purification II

Posted by
~~~Ann~~~ (Nelson, New Zealand) on 11 July 2012 in Lifestyle & Culture.

The second of a series of images made from a footbridge crossing the channel of water joining Pichola Lake to Swaroop Sagar in Udaipur....

This man was sitting on the ghats rubbing himself from head to toe with what I guess might be turmeric powder.

Panasonic DMC-GF2 1/800 second F/5.6 ISO 100 378 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A very unique capture Ann! What is the significance of the tumeric? ;-)

11 Jul 2012 6:16pm

@Eric Cousineau: I'm speculating that it's turmeric. A fascinating substance. Check this out: http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/articles/students/turmeric

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

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11 Jul 2012 8:06pm

Philnz from Thames, New Zealand

In Ayurveda, turmeric has been used internally as a stomachic, tonic and blood purifier, and topically in the prevention and treatment of skin diseases1,2,3,4,5. Half to one gram, twice a day was given for flatulence and dyspepsia. It has been prescribed in liver diseases, and particularly for jaundice, and urinary tract diseases. In chronic catarrh and coryza, the inhalation of the fumes of burning turmeric causes copious mucous discharge and gives instant relief. Boiled with milk and sugar, turmeric has been a traditional remedy for colds. Turmeric and alum powder in the proportion of 1 to 20 is applied into the ear in chronic otorrhea. Turmeric has been described as useful in skin diseases, e.g. juice of the fresh rhizome is used in parasitic skin infections, turmeric powder rubbed down with oil has been applied to rough skin. In combination with lime and saltpetre turmeric has also been applied to bruises, sprains, wounds, infected wounds and inflammations. In pemphigus (an allergic and inflammatory skin condition) and shingles, after a thick coat of mustard oil is applied, turmeric powder is sprinkled to alleviate pain, inflammation and to promote healing. In small-pox and chicken pox a coat of turmeric is applied to facilitate the process of scabbing. Mixed with borax as a paste, turmeric is applied to reduce tissue swelling due to inflammation. A decoction of turmeric is prepared (1 ounce of turmeric to 20 ounces of water) as a cooling eyewash and is applied as a lotion to relieve burning in purulent ophtalmia known in India as “country sore eye”.
But how would it be on the water?

11 Jul 2012 11:39pm

@Philnz: It's not on the water. I'm guessing that this man bathed in the water and then rubbed the turmeric into his skin. It's the end of the dry season and the water is covered with algal bloom and and rubbish! You can see more of that in tomorrow's image.

Panasonic DMC-GF2
1/800 second
ISO 100
378 mm (35mm equiv.)