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Michael Dura's avatar Michael Dura

In the Hindu faith & philosophy, death is simply one component of the whole of life. One comes into the world having existed in many other forms and exits the short span of time we call our lives only to become another. Having had the opportunity to go to Varanasi, India on something of a spiritual journey with my wife and observe the passion put into their death ceremonies, my perspective was forever changed. This painting represents a remembered image I have in my mind of my being invited by a local family to witness their cremation ceremony personally and up close. It is customary upon the completion of the cremation to put the ashes of the dead in the Ganges and to not look back as the family ascends the ghats back into the city and to their home. Hence the title, "Onward." There are 108 sites of pilgrimage for Hindus they are expected to visit in a lifetime. However, if you visit Varanasi, you are said to have visited all of them.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Width: 3 feet
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 4 feet