Among India's one billion people exists a passionate and (to Western minds) eccentric community of 13 million Yogis. They live in a world never seen on film.
Paula Fouce?s NAKED IN ASHES is a groundbreaking documentary; which offers an unprecedented look at the Eastern Yogi. These mystics leave everything material to embark on a spiritual quest. With honest simplicity;NAKED IN ASHES provides a magical glimpse into the world of these sages who find deep meaning in a life of chastity; austerity; and utter devotion.From covering themselves for warmth in the ashes of the dead; to pulling automobiles by their genitalia; the film's candid portraits of ascetics whose only quest is to experience the Divine captivates both the eye and mind.
This is a great documentary about the lifestyle of the Yogi, or Hindu Holy Men. The movie follows a few of these men around for what seems to be around a year, through which one gains a better understanding of why they live the way they do. You not only learn about Hindu religion, but also about a connection to God, nature, and the great "Ganga" river which is at the core of everything.
Throughout the movie you see amazing footage of what these people have learned to endure through powerful meditation as well as the Yogi's most sacred rituals. One slowly begins to understand why walking naked, being covered in ashes, and managing to separate mind from body is so important to these people. You also see the impact they have on those who believe in them as well as the way they interact with each other.
I would recommend watching "Naked in Ashes," not only to gain a better understanding of Hinduism but also to see how these men's true love has enabled them to do unthinkable things.
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