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Monica Besra, 35, poses with a portrait of Mother Teresa at her home in Nakor village, 280 miles north of Kolkata, in December 2002. Besra claimed that prayers to Mother Teresa resulted in her recovery from abdominal cancer, something documented by the Vatican as a miracle.
Boys ranging from six to 12 prepare their flags for the Shimadachi Hadaka Matsuri, an annual festival rooted in Shinto tradition in which the children parade through town to ward off evil spirits and pay respects to the god of health.