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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Sai’vas (2 syl.).
Worshippers of Siva, one of the three great Indian sects; they are at present divided into—   1
   (1) Dandins or staff-bearers, the Hindu mendicants; so called because they carry a danda or small staff, with a piece of red cloth fixed on it. In this piece of cloth the Brahmanical cord is enshrined.   2
   (2) Yogins. Followers of Yoga, who practise the most difficult austerities.   3
   (3) Lingavats, who wear the Linga emblem on some part of their dress.   4
   (4) Paramahanas, ascetics who go naked, and never express any want or wish.   5
   (5) Aghorins, who eat and drink whatever is given them, even ordure and carrion.   6
   (6) Urdhaba’hus, who extend one or both arms over their head till they become rigidly fixed in this position.   7
   (7) Akas’mukhins, who hold up their faces to the sky till the muscles of the neck become contracted.   8



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