WHAT WOULD THE EXPERIENCE BE LIKE?
Death on the River Ganges is a one of a kind experience, immersing the audience into story theatrics, culture, ceremony and community dialog about life, death and transformation.
As the story of four Bay Area women journeying to honor the last wishes of a dearly loved friend unfolds, you too will find yourself on a journey to understand life, endings and what it means to be alive.
At the end of the play, Siren members will invite you to join in a community ceremony where you can attend to your own inquir about death and share thoughts, stories and experiences in the spirit of liberation and inspiration.
Few places in the world are as colourful, charismatic or spiritual as the bathing ghats lining the Ganges in Varanasi. The city of Shiva, one of the holiest places in India, is where Hindu pilgrims come to wash away a lifetime of sins in the Ganges or to cremate their loved ones. Varnasi, previously named Benares and Kashi (City of Light), has always been an auspicious place to die, as expiring here offers moksha (liberation from the cycle of birth and death). The city is the beating heart of the Hindu universe, a crossing place between the physical and spiritual worlds. The Ganges is viewed as a river of salvation, an everlasting symbol of hope to past, present and future generations. The magical but sometimes overwhelming city is where the most intimate rituals of life and death take place in public on the city’s ghats. The accessibility to the practices of an ancient living religious tradition is what captivates many visitors, and a walk along the ghats or a boat ride on the river is one of life's most absorbing experiences.
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