Image of Asia: Dancing in the mud at farm festival in India

In this photo by Anupam Nath, Pnar or Jaintia tribesmen dance in muddy waters during Behdienkhlam festival celebrations in Tuber village in India’s northeastern state of Meghalaya. The traditional Pnar festival is celebrated after farm fields are sown to seek a good harvest and to drive away plague and diseases. Young men symbolically drive away evil spirits by beating the roof of every house with bamboo poles as part of the festival.

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