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  • n. The practices of fakirs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Religious mendicancy, especially as practised among Mohammedan dervishes.
  • n. The peculiar austerities and ascetic practices of the Hindu devotees popularly called fakirs, who are represented as subjecting themselves to the severest tortures and self-mortifications.

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Examples

  • It had been a kind of mental fakirism, and as fakirs smile as they burn and cut themselves, so she had been able to smile as she burnt and cut at her own heart in Joyselle.

    The Halo

  • Spectres, likewise, are these saintly caricatures of humanity, perambulating metaphysics, the application _in corpore vili_ of Oriental fakirism.

    Old Calabria

  • We are referring to those very interesting _Reports of the Indian Government_ to which we owe practically all our knowledge of fakirism and its miracles, of the artificial conservation of human life in the tomb, and of the strangulation rites of the Thugs.

    Modern Saints and Seers

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