for many people, their children’s first dip into the ganges is a major life event. the ceremony might begin with tonsuring – i.e., shaving the baby’s head – and then the parent or grandparent carries the baby into the river. for some, a splash on the legs is enough; for others, only full immersion will do. either way, the baby isn’t going to be happy about it.
|see how much fun this is?||i guess not.||and again, not so much fun.|
|the legs are okay …||… but not in the face!|
|some babies don’t handle head-shaving as well as others.||fortunately, by the time they get older, bath time isn’t so traumatic.|
next: the sadhus take a bath.