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Snapping Asia's ancient ceremonies

From crocodile biting to hungry ghosts, Hans Kemp records the region's rituals

A male oracle leads a large group of devotees during the annual Kodungallur Bharani festival, in the Indian state of Kerala. (Photo by Hans Kemp)

BANGKOK -- Dutch-born, Bangkok-based Hans Kemp is a heavyweight in photography, and not just because his latest book, "Divine Encounters: Sacred Rituals and Ceremonies in Asia," weighs nearly 3 kg (or 4.8 kg in a signed limited edition). This is a monumental work in every way -- 400 pages packed with provocative images, providing a fascinating and intimate portrayal of some of Asia's most unusual festivals and rituals.

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