"an all but naked, ash-smeared, ochre-barred, dusty-haired Saddhu"
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A sadhu, or shadhu, is a type of Hindu holy man. He can be a mystic, an ascetic, a yogi (practitioner of yoga) or a wandering monk. To earn the name ‘sadhu’ a person must be absolutely dedicated to achieving Moksha (liberation from the cycle of birth, re-birth and suffering). Sadhus are often clothed in ochre: a colour associated with renunciation.