The Holy Men of Nepal

Kelly Walkotten's avatar Kelly Walkotten

6 pieces each one 16"x20". They can be made bigger if the venue desires. Faces covered in ash and paint, these are the Hindu holy men who have lived their lives away from everyday society for the last 2000 years. They are called “the silent ones” or the “long haired ones,” providing religious services. Known as sadhus, they shun all home comforts for a life of asceticism spent inside caves, forests and temples across India and Nepal. The most conservative sadhus, the nagas , wear only a loin cloth and have long stringy locks of hair that resemble dreadlocks. Sadhus choose to live poorly and only find richness in spirit and humanity. Some sadhus wander and travel, while others are more sedentary. Their religious duties include acts of self purification, worship, participation in religious discourses, making pilgrimages and studying religious texts. They also preach, teach religious doctrine, help the poor and troubled.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: Photography
  • Width: 16" each
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 20" each