National Geographic : 1945 Jul
Emil Reynolds from American Red Cross Red Cross Girls Visit the Burning Ghats of Calcutta, the First Sight Most Americans Wish toView inIndia Our boys, seeing Hindus scurrying through the streets carrying their dead, follow them to the banks of the Hooghly. There they watch the bodies being cremated over open fires and the ashes thrown into the river. Relatives, with little apparent grief, stand by and then plunge into the sacred river (page 124). Areturned Red Cross girl said, "The very poor can never afford enough wood and so their bodies may be tossed into the river beforethey are completely burned."