Denis Rouvre: Indian Sadhus
Denis ROUVRE presents his series ‘Sadhu, divins mendiants’ in this year’s last newsletter, which translates into ‘Sadhu, the divine beggars’.
Sadhu is the common Hindu expression for people who have dedicated their lives to a religious, partly ascetic way of life. The word especially refers to monks of various Hindu orders.
Quiet a few Sadhus live in absolute nakedness. The Hindu order contains lots of different schools and countless sub-orders, which all demand different things from their respective Sadhus. For the most part, Sadhus are well respected in India as their ascetic demeanour is not only considered a matter of personal fate but also a representative endeavour for many, who are less motivated.