"fakir here in the city"

Fakir on a bed of nails
Public DomainFakir on a bed of nails - Credit: Herbert Ponting

A fakir is a Sufi (practitioner of the mystical dimension of Islam) although the term is also sometimes applied to Hindu Yogis.  The common portrayal of the fakir is someone who can walk barefoot on hot coals, sleep on a bed of nails, or levitate during meditation.