Building for burning the dead, Calcutta
Photographer: Fiebig, Frederick
Medium: Photographic print
A Hand-coloured print of Cremation Building, Calcutta, from the Fiebig Collection: Views of Calcutta and Surrounding Districts, taken by Frederick Fiebig in 1851. All rivers are sacred to the Hindus, but the holiest river is the Ganges and the Hooghly is is a distributory of the Ganges. Cremation is the main type of funeral in Hinduism and many Hindus wish to be cremated by the river bank when they die. This is a view of a cremation building on the banks of the Hooghly.