This is part of an ongoing series in which Seattle duo Brain Fruit travel through India, Istanbul, and Berlin. You can find all the previous entries here. —Eds.

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While in the midst of my bhang lassi horror trip, we took a boat ride along the water front in Varanasi. We very quickly found several reasons floating nearby that insured that we were never setting foot inside it. However unsavory to us, The Ganga is truely an amazing gateway through which life and death breath in and of eachother before your eyes. Within a stretch of 100 meters, you see the locals bathing, doing laundry, and releasing the corpses of loved ones. A scene that I will not soon forget.

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