Views down the Ganges, and, oh — yoga ‘allows evil’ into your body

A nice two-fer for you on this Tuesday.

First, the good: a National Geographic photo essay along the Ganges:

The idea was simple. Follow the holy waters of this river source to sea. Climb to the top of the Ganges watershed and follow its flow through the Himalaya, across the Gangetic plain and through the delta to where it kisses the ocean. It would be the classic, age-old river trip down India’s lifeline—a window into the country’s culture, religion, industry, birth, ritual, and love, even death. The goal would be to document the river and the world around it and even measure water quality en route.

Sort of the opposite our our Yatra, which started at the Bay of Bengal and went up tot he Ganges’ source. A shout-out to Yatri Matt Goldhill, who posted this on Facebook. Check out the handful or so of photos — both the good and bad along the way.

Second item: the bad. From the Telegraph in the U.K.:

A Jehovah’s Witness who was sacked as a fitness coach after telling a gym member that yoga would “allow evil” into her body has won a payout for unfair dismissal.

Maciej Grochowski lost his job at a Virgin Active gym after staff and clients complained his rants about religion were making them uncomfortable.

He was finally dismissed after writing a series of emails to senior staff spelling out his religious opinions on issues including Halloween and satanism.

The way it is written makes it sound like complaining about yoga was bad, but talking smack about Halloween was going too far.

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