The Saivite ascetic cults
Among the Saivite communities there were cults which remind us strongly of the renouncers. Some of them – like the Sramanas and renouncers – were small clans/cults/orders of holy professionals living in economic and political transactions with the surrounding societies. Among the more cult oriented Saivite groups there were names like the Pasupata, Kapalikas, Kalamukhas, Dasanami Samnyasis -some of them with origins way back in time (Lorenzen 1972, Clark 2004, Dyczkowski 1988, Flood 1996).
They worshipped Siva as the warrior god of destruction and of Yogic asceticism. Some of the Saivite ascetic cults, like the Aghori Samnyasis, indulged in very provocative behaviour: dressed in deerskin, hair covered in mud, body smeared with ashes, living on cremation grounds, wild dancing and laughing in public, and shouting insults. They imitated Siva or Rudra – the god of destruction and death – who they conceived as living beyond caste rules and norms.283
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