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Pot or vase containing water from the River Ganges


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Pot containing water from the River Ganges

This small sealed copper pot contains water taken from the River Ganges in India. The Ganges is considered to be sacred in Hinduism, and bathing in the river is believed to wash away accumulated sins.

Pilgrims to the river often collect a container of its water, like this one, for use in rituals. It is also believed that being cremated and having one's ashes scattered in the Ganges is the 'ideal' death, because of the redemptive powers of Ganges water.

Museum object number REDMG : 2001.107.2

diameter 45 mm, height 40 mm

See related topic: World Collection: Belief