National Geographic : 1924 Nov
AN INDIAN FAKIR, OR SADHU, WITH HIS HEAD BURIED INSAND His religion teaches this sadhu to mortify the flesh. Breathing through a hole in the sand, he may remain buried thus for days. These so-called holy men of India wander from place to place, supported by gifts. One popular method of self-tortureistohold the hands orfeet inone position until they become fixed and can never again be moved. Other fakirs fasten their eyes upon a certain object for days or months. Many measure the ground with their bodies until they reach Benares.