• Camille Giraudo

Bénarès, mon amour .

The Holy city is difficult to describe with words, here is a quotation from

Mark Twain's Following the Equator' , and two drawings,

best regards,


"Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend,

and looks twice as old as all of them put together.

From a Hindoo statement quoted in Rev. Mr. Parker's compact and lucid Guide

to Benares, I find that the site of the town was the beginning-place of the


It was merely an upright "lingam," at first, no larger than a stove-pipe,

and stood in the midst of a shoreless ocean. This was the work of the God

Vishnu. Later he spread the lingam out till its surface was ten miles

across. Still it was not large enough for the business; therefore he

presently built the globe around it.

Benares is thus the center of the earth. This is considered an advantage."

Mark Twain.

Nota bene:

Vous ne devinerez jamais qui j'ai rencontre dans une ruelle de Benares avec

sa camera en train de filmer!!!!! Moussa Touré le rélisateur sénégalais qu'on a rencontré au FESPACO !

incredible India!

Camille le griot in Varanasi

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