April, 2004. From dawn till dusk, in the hard light streaming through great high doors, beggars and mendicants, fakirs and supplicants, women with deformed babies, children leading blind parents, the dirty and the desperate pray at the shrine of the Sufi saint Hazrat Lal Qalander in Sehwan Sharif, Pakistan. At this Muslim pilgrimage center on the banks of the Indus River, crowned by a great glittering gold dome, pilgrims beseech this said last descendant of the prophet Mohammed for miracles, mercy, forgiveness, or just a change of luck.

Photographed and recorded on location by Jay Dunn.

Humanitarian Issues & Cultural Tradition Worldwide

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