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Painted Faces of Hindu Monks and Priests

June 6, 2013  -  Monks & Priests

Hindus wear markings on their forehead for many purposes. Some markings denote the sect they belong to, others tell if a woman is married or not, and some have deeper metaphysical reasons. Hindu priests and monks can often be seen wearing the most elaborate of facial markings. The markings are made of holy ash, sandal paste and a red powder called kunkumam which is made from turmeric or saffron. Here’s a collection of photos of monks and priests with facial markings…including one of myself taken by friend and New York based fashion photographer Andre Schneider.

Hindu monk in Nepal.

Hindu monk in Nepal.

A 106 year old Hindu monk in Nepal. Photographed in 2010.

A 106 year old Hindu monk in Nepal. Photographed in 2010.

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This is me…

A Hindu priest that belongs to the Vaishnavite sect.

A Hindu priest that belongs to the Vaishnavite sect.

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Portraits of Sadhus, holy men of the Kumbh Mela (Part 2)

February 3, 2013  -  Monks & Priests

I’m almost in India. A 5-hour transit here in Dubai and then our flight to Kolkata where our spiritual adventure begins. On February 9th we head to Allahabad for the spectacular Kumbh Mela festival. I’m eager to pilgrimage to this holy event as well as take photos. Here’s more photos of sadhus I’ve photographed.

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A sadhu is dripping wet after his bath in the sacred Ganges river.

A sadhu is dripping wet after his bath in the sacred Ganges river.

Naga Sadhu

Naga Sadhu

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Portraits of Sadhus, holy men of the Kumbh Mela

February 2, 2013  -  Festivals, Monks & Priests

As I get ready to leave for the Kumbh Mela festival later tonight I felt inspired to share portraits of some sadhus I had photographed over the years. Sadhus, Hindu holy men, are a big part of the Kumbh Mela festival. Thousands come out of seclusion to bathe in the confluence of the holy Ganges and Yamuna rivers in the town of Allahabad in northern India. I’m eager to photograph as much as I am to pilgrimage to this sacred event.

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A sadhu smears ash all over his body and face under the evening sun.

A sadhu smears ash all over his body and face under the evening sun.

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