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Meditation after devotional songs
2013-2014
VRINDAVAN, INDIA - MARCH 30: Mostly widows, women observe silence and meditate after a high-pitch, long session of devotional songs, as a part of their daily chores at Meera Sehbhagini Mahila Ashray Sadan in Vrindavan in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on March 30, 2013 in Mathura, India. Singing is accompanied by music played on Dholak and Harmonium, traditional percussion and pump instruments, respectively. Women cover their heads and faces as a mark of dignity. Traditionally, widows in conservative regions of the country avoid or have been denied social sanction for remarriage, are expected to wear white, eat simple food and abstain from participating in social events. Historically, they generally faced contempt from the families of their in-laws and community at large, who would attribute their men’s death to themselves, believed to have brought bad luck to the families. They led, and in several places in the country still lead a lonely life.
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