Although India is modernising fast and sending satellites into the space, a whole part of the country's identity is still rooted in religions, and particularly Hinduism, regarded as the oldest in the world. India is home to 1 billion Hindus co-living with minorities of Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains. Hinduism itself is divided into hundred of movements and gods.
Going into the spiritual India is a voyage in a world where every aspect of life is defined by religion and the day is punctuated by sacred rituals and acts of devotion. It is visible everywhere and can make you realise how little religious you can be or how much you underestimated the notion of devotion. Understanding or not can lead you to embrace the beauty or reject the filthiness on your way. I tried to understand it with my camera, loaded with black and white film, but the more I was trying the more I realised how much religious faith eludes me.
The growing middle class is aspiring to a better material life. An Indian explained to me that buying a new car is an achievement and two things mattered in that moment: first that the horn is working properly and second that the car gets a traditional blessing ceremony by a priest. This symbolises the ambivalence of the material against the spiritual, the visible and invisible, the poor and the rich, the darkness and the colors that prevails in the land of devotion.
Land of Devotion