A tribal birth in India by Abhijit Dey
Six days after Betka Tudu’s birth, female relatives and neighbors in the West Bengal village of Purulia gathered to bless him and “to protect him from harm’s way,” says Dey. Born into the Santhal tribe, Betka “unknowingly drew his distant kin closer than ever.”
A Sadhu, or a Hindu holy man, takes a dip at Sangam, confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the annual traditional fair of Magh Mela in Allahabad, India, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus bathe at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela.
Photo Courtesy: Rajesh Kumar Singh (Associated Press)