Hierarchy of an Elder

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Photo and caption by Jacqui Whitehead

In Nepali culture the word 'Namaste' or Namaskar is used usually by a younger person when showing respect to an elder or family member. This photo was taken at the put-in for a rafting expedition on the Karnali River. The elder is sitting in a higher position on the bank of the river which conveys the hierarchy or higher status of the elder in relation to the younger boy. Namaste can be interpreted with many different meanings such as 'hello' in English but in this photo I think it is shown with the 2 subjects defining their status within society.

Location: Karnali River, Nepal


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