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,
"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."
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 !
Camille le griot in Varanasi