National Geographic : 1943 Oct
Alexander Wilbourne Weddell Benares' Templed Crescent along the Holy Ganges Is the Heart ofHindustan Benares and the Ganges appeal to India's Hindus as do Jerusalem and the Jordan to Christian pilgrims. Along threemiles ofcurving steps (ghats) bathe worshipers of Siva, god of fertility. Friends and relatives watch cremation ceremonies at the burning ghat. Ashes of the dead areborne away onthesacred stream.