- Naga sect
- The Naga is a sect of SADHUS or holy men devoted to SHIVA. Many of its followers go about naked, as the word naga implies. In doing this they fol-low the example of Lord Shiva, who was himself a naked mendicant. They often live in mountain caves completely naked, with the mountain snows outside. Following the example of Shiva, Naga sadhus smear their entire bodies with ashes from cremation grounds and wear dreadlocks. As does Shiva, they smoke great quantities of hashish, par-ticularly when singing praises to that god.The Nagas are also known as ascetic warriors. Though most Indian holy men are known as peaceful seekers of truth and higher conscious-ness, Nagas have been known to be extremely militant. In the past they have taken up arms against other sects of ascetics, Muslims, and the British.Today Naga sadhus still carry weapons as they wander the countryside—sticks, spears, swords, and most especially the trident (which is a symbol of Shiva). At the KUMBHA MELA (festival) at ALLA-HABAD, these sadhus are usually the first to have the honor of entering the confluence of the waters of the YAMUNA and GANGES.Further reading: Shashi Bhushan Dasgupta, Obscure Religious Cults, 2d rev. ed. (Calcutta: Firma K. L. Muk-hopadhyay, 1962); Dolf Harsuiker, Sadhus: Holy Men of India (London: Thames & Hudson, 1993); John Campbell Oman, The Mystics, Ascetics, and Saints of India: A Study of Sadhuism with an Account of the Yogis, Sanyasis, Bairagis, and Other Strange Hindu Sectarians (New Delhi: Cosmos, 1984).
Encyclopedia of Hinduism. A. Jones and James D. Ryan. 2007.
Look at other dictionaries:
Ramakrishna — Infobox Hindu leader name= Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa caption = Ramakrishna at Dakshineshwar birth date= birth date|1836|2|18|mf=y birth place= Kamarpukur, West Bengal, India birth name= Gadadhar Chattopadhyay death date= death date and… … Wikipedia
namarupa — Namarupa (from nama, name, and rupa, form) is a term used in Hindu philosophy to refer to the phenomenal world, the world of finiteness and limited nature, as opposed to the transcen dent reality of the BRAHMAN or god. In Hindu thought,… … Encyclopedia of Hinduism
India — /in dee euh/, n. 1. Hindi, Bharat. a republic in S Asia: a union comprising 25 states and 7 union territories; formerly a British colony; gained independence Aug. 15, 1947; became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations Jan. 26, 1950.… … Universalium
Buddhism — Buddhist, n., adj. Buddhistic, Buddhistical, adj. Buddhistically, adv. /booh diz euhm, bood iz /, n. a religion, originated in India by Buddha (Gautama) and later spreading to China, Burma, Japan, Tibet, and parts of southeast Asia, holding that… … Universalium
List of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition monsters — See also: Lists of Dungeons Dragons monsters This is the list of Advanced Dungeons Dragons 2nd edition monsters, an important element of that role playing game. This list only includes monsters from official Advanced Dungeons Dragons 2nd… … Wikipedia
Sadhu — A sadhu in Haridwar, India, during Kumbha Mela. A sadhu in Kathmand … Wikipedia
Daivadnya Brahmin — Daivajña Brahmins Philanthropist Jagannath Shankarshet of Mumbai Total population 800,000 (estimated) … Wikipedia
South Asian arts — Literary, performing, and visual arts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Myths of the popular gods, Vishnu and Shiva, in the Puranas (ancient tales) and the Mahabharata and Ramayana epics, supply material for representational and… … Universalium
Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils — This article is about the novel. For other uses, see Demigod (disambiguation). For other uses, see Demi Gods and Semi Devils (disambiguation). Demi Gods and Semi Devils … Wikipedia
Nudity in religion — Attitudes to nudity differ among world religions. Contents 1 Abrahamic religions 1.1 Judaism 1.2 Christianity 1.3 Islam … Wikipedia