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Acharj, Acharya, Eastern Bengal.

Half-length portrait of a youth against a plain
background by an unknown photographer taken in the early 1860s. He
is identified in the caption as a priest of the Acharj class and as
an 'acharya' or Hindu spiritual teacher. This type of priest
performs funeral ceremonies. Following cremation, the sons of the
dead do homage to him, before giving him the clothes and bedstead
of the deceased. Often s…