By Sondra L. Hausner
During this relocating ethnographic portrait of Hindu renouncers -- sadhus or ascetics -- in northern India and Nepal, Sondra L. Hausner considers a paradox that shapes their lives: whereas ostensibly outlined by way of their solitary religious perform, the stripping away of social commitments, and their holiday with family members and group, renouncers in reality frequently engage with "householder" society. They shape a specific, replacement neighborhood with its personal inner constitution, yet one who is no longer positioned in any unmarried position. hugely cellular and dispersed around the subcontinent, its individuals are on a regular basis introduced jointly via pilgrimage circuits on pageant cycles. Drawing on decades of fieldwork, Hausner provides intimate pix of person sadhus as she examines the shared perspectives of area, time, and the physique that create the floor for daily adventure. Written with an remarkable combination of empathy, compassion, and anthropological perception, this research will entice students, scholars, and normal readers alike.