Sadhu with Withered Hand (India)
- Sadhu with Withered Hand (India)
This lantern slide, “Sadhu with Withered Hand (India),” shows a Sadhu holding his arm above his head as penance, an act that means dealing with excruciating pain while the muscles atrophy. Sadhus are wandering ascetics affiliated with a wide range of Hindu religious orders and schools. They are respected by Hindus and given food in return for their blessings and prayers. Sadhus will perform acts of penitence such as spending years with their left hand in the air, standing on one leg, or lying on a bed of cacti. They believe that severe penance will liberate them from the endless cycle of death and rebirth.
- Hawkes, Joseph
- Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
- Collection (local):
College Archives Digital Collections
Lantern Slide Collection
International Young Men's Christian Association
- 3.25x3.25 in
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The Y.M.C.A.’s work in India began in 1889, when they sent a young American named David McConaughy to Madras to serve as the first foreign secretary in India. McConaughy encouraged the development of pre-existing Associations and held the first National Convention in 1891, resulting in the formation of the National Council of India, Burma, and Ceylon. The Association’s most notable contribution in India was its rural development work, first begun by K. T. Paul in 1913. Paul established microloan programs that freed the rural poor from the grips of moneylenders and won many converts among India's lower classes. Joseph Hawkes, the slide’s creator, spent much of his life producing and coloring lantern slides from his home in New York. This slide is part of Springfield College’s lantern slide series depicting Y.M.C.A. work in India, Ceylon, and Burma in the early twentieth century. The series was prepared by the Foreign Division of the American and Canadian Y.M.C.A, which established self-sustaining associations staffed by trained secretaries in foreign lands.
Text on border reads, "India - A Passing Ideal; 47; Man with Withered Hand; Made by Joseph Hawkes."
Part of the Y.M.C.A. Work in India and Sri Lanka Lantern Slide Series