The kid who was snuggled up to its mother had its hair trimmed short, but judging by its outfit, it was a girl. She was wearing a lovely dress. Her eyes were cute, and when I pointed the camera at her, she seemed to be startled and leaned even closer to her mother.
Even though Bangladesh is a predominantly Muslim country, the girl wore a bindi, which indicated that this parent and child were Hindu. If so, I can understand why the girl had close-cropped hair.
In Hinduism, there are 16 rites of passage called "samskaras" that must be performed in one's lifetime. This includes the Mundan, a hair-cutting ceremony. In the Hindu world, it is believed that the hair that grows at birth contains karma that has been carried over and must be shaved to purify the body and soul. This ceremony is usually performed between the ages of 1 and 3 years old, depending on the region. Probably the girl in this photo was not long after the Mundan ceremony.
|Apr 2010 BANGLADESH PEOPLE|
|GIRL MOTHER ONE PIECE RANGPUR|
April 13, 2010
CANON EOS 1V
EF85MM F1.2L II USM