Photographer's Note

At dawn on the Ganges a Sadhu (holy man) applies pigment to his face.
By choosing to become a Sadhu an individual automatically with draws from the prevailing social system. He chooses the more direct but also more delicate, path to liberation from the continual cycle of birth-death-rebirth. To do this the sadhu renounces any familial or material bonds and joins one of the numerous brotherhoods under a guru. Sadhus do not cut their hair.
-information from India by Olivier Follmi

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