Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Hanuman Hilltops of Hampi

This is a very special place in Karnataka, India.

The best time to go is right before sunrise, right before the monkey's wake up. It's much more peaceful of a climb up if the guards aren't awake yet. Buy a coconut and masala fruit from the old man and woman at the bottom of the stairs before you start you ascent. 

"Once having set up her idols and built altars to them it was inevitable that she would worship there. It was inevitable that she should accept any inconsistency and cruelty from her deity as all good worshippers do from theirs. All gods who receive homage are cruel. All gods dispense suffering without reason. Otherwise they would not be worshipped. Through indiscriminate suffering men know fear and fear is the most divine emotion. It is the stones for altars and the beginning of wisdom. Half gods are worshipped in wine and flowers. Real gods require blood." - Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God

"Fear and love are the deepest of human emotions."

"Okay. But you're not listening to me. There are other things that need to be taken into account here, like the whole spectrum of human emotion. You can't just lump everything into these two categories and then just deny everything else." 
- Donnie Darko

Everything up there is nothing more than a dream within a dream.

Jasmine flowers entwine in your hair, "Hindu name, American girl. Indian Jasmine flower," the old woman says as her husband pours you another cup of fresh masala chai. The flame keeping the pot boiling blows in the wind and the indiscernible brother of one of the family members e on the blanket adds a few more twigs and pieces of bark to keep the flame alive.

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