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People of Darkess explores the life and origins of the Oleps - believed to be the earliest inhabitants of Bhutan. Numbering just 149, the Oleps were on the verge of physical extinction. Now with the onset of modernization another danger lies ahead for the Oleps, the extinction of their distinct culture, language and way of life.


Pashupatinath, Nepal, is the largest sacred ground for the Hindus. At the crematory near the Bagmati (the holy river that crosses the Pashupatinath) they perform a daily ritual that involves burning the bodies with fire. This ritual sends the dead to the heavens. As the fire and ash rise up from the cremation site, children swim in the river looking for coins or money that was left with the burned bodies.

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