Holy Men of India


This new and completely redesigned edition surveys the myriad holy men, mystics and ascetics of India in astonishing photographs and an informed and trenchant commentary.

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Dolf Hartsuiker


Spiritual adventurers, philosophical monks or religious transvestites, the Sadhus of India are worshipped by Hindus as representatives of the gods.

Liberated from physical concerns, these mystics form a vital and unbroken link from the birth of yoga millennia ago to its present-day expression. Through meditation, rituals, pilgrimages and ‘austerities’, each follows a personal path in quest of enlightenment, hoping, amid silence and solitude, renunciation and fasting, divine intoxication and bodily mortification, to cast off all earthly desires, transcend this mortal world and achieve lasting mystic union.

An evocative text covering Sadhus’ ancient origins, beliefs and behaviours is illuminated by over 100 spectacular colour photographs.

Additional information

Weight 512 g
Dimensions 15.3 x 22.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 July 2014
Number of pages 176
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 15.3 x 22.7 cm
Weight 512 g


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Dolf Hartsuiker is a psychologist, artist and traveller with a doctorate in psychology from the University of Utrecht. He divides his time between the Netherlands and India.