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Encounter - Program podcast

ABC Radio National

Religion & Spirituality, Spirituality

Encounter invites you to connect intellectually, emotionally and intuitively across a broad spectrum of topics. The program regularly reflects on the religious experience of multicultural Australia, giving access to voices and experiences that are not often heard in the mainstream media.

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Varanasi: a living history

November 2nd, 2013

Episode 10 of 69 episodes

A journey into the history, mythology and sounds of Hinduism's holiest city. We explore the city's religious and social fault lines—meeting Brahmin priests, wandering pilgrims, Hindu scholars, Muslim street vendors, academics, activists, craftsmen and boatmen. And we explore issues such as environmental pollution, the destruction of traditional industries, Hindu-Muslim tensions, the sex trade, the myriad instances of day-to-day corruption – and, of course, the business of death and cremation for which the city is famous.

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