Sophie, I really loved your poem! I am an Indian, a Hindu by practice, and I have actually bathed in the Ganges. It’s a belief, just one among many rituals that are deeply rooted in faith, probably as a result of what we are told as children. Nevertheless, I can appreciate where you are coming from — Hinduism and (Hindu mythology) have different layers and people interpret them in vastly different ways. It’s always interesting to read a perspective that is not the same as mine.