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Riyas Komu: Memories with Water

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Riyas Komu
Memories with Water : Gussal-Kafan-Dafan
“Miniature Installation” with Recycled Wood & Plastic
46 x 24 x 24”
Unique edition
To close the show, we are invited to circumambulate Komu’s Memories with Water (Ghusl - Kafan - Dafan); placed in the veritable brahm-sthaan of the space. Portraying the full cycle of the monsoon experience, Komu etches a dark and yet elegiac image of the season, highlighting the widespread havoc, destruction and death the rains cause in the city.
Memories with Water : गुस्सल - कफ़न - दफ़न
गुस्सल - washing the dead body ; कफ़न : Shrouding / wrapping the body with cloth; दफ़न : burial )
First Wajib Act : Ghusl Mayyit (washing the dead body)
Method : Step 1
Clean the body thoroughly of all najasat (urine, stool, blood, etc). Use soap with lukewarm water and a pair
of gloves.
Step 2
Make a niyyat, “I am washing this dead body with Sidr Water Wajib Qurbatan IlaLlah” and wash the body
with Sidr Water [water in which a small quantity (2 handfuls) of berry or lotus leaves have been added or
its essence squeezed from a parchment paper].
Step 3
Make a niyyat, “ I am washing this dead body with camphor water Wajib Qurbatan IlaLlah”. And wash the
body with camphor water in which a little (half handful) of camphor has been added.
Step 4
Make a niyyat, “I am washing this dead body with clean water Wajib Qurbatan IlaLlah” and wash the body
with clean water.
After Ghusl follow the Kafan ( shrouding / wrapping the body with sheets of cloth) and Dafan (burial).
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