Photographer's Note

"Little Jaffna" is the area in the north of Paris where the community from Sri-Lanka settled two dozens of years ago, close to "Porte de la Chapelle".

Ratha Yatra is a very popular ceremony among that community and within the Indian as well. And now, they try to spread their religious practices in Paris, which a great opportunity to share some aspect of their culture with us.

Relating to the Hindouism, there would be about 100,000 Hindouists in France mainly from Sri Lanka as I said, as the tamoul speaking community fled from that country in front of the major part of the population which practices Boudhism. From 1987 to 1990, the Indian Armed forces helped the Sri-Lanka government to fight the tamoul rebel movement and the latter had to flee Jaffna, their main bastion, in 1995. Today; there is still a guerrilla over there.

I found that woman very beautiful with such a harsh light. I had to clone away some disturbing element in the top left part.

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