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  • n. Plural form of fakir.


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  • There is another kind of beggars called fakirs; they are just as wicked and foolish as the sunnyasees; but they are Mahomedans and not Brahmins.

    Far Off

  • In Benares especially, but also in any other town, the shrivelled self-torturers called "fakirs" may be seen in the streets.

    From Pole to Pole A Book for Young People

  • They suffer from the "fakirs" even more than do the people of the United States who read the stories of both, and who confound the sensation-mongers with those who go to find the truth at the risk of their lives.

    Cuba in War Time

  • Russian carnival on the ice, oxen being sometimes roasted whole, and all kinds of "fakirs," as they are now termed, selling doughnuts, spruce-beer, and gingerbread, or tempting the adventurous with thimblerig; many pedestrians stopping at the old-fashioned inn on Smith's


  • As well, the holy men called 'fakirs' who were famous for walking on hot coals and sleeping on beds of nails, believed that charas put them in closer communion with their gods. ([

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  • With its glittering shrines, labyrinthine alleys and dreadlocked, often doped-out fakirs – holy men – Sehwan is the largest centre of pilgrimage for Pakistan's Sufi Muslims.

    Still marooned: plight of flood-stricken villagers in Pakistan's Sindh province

  • The self-proclaimed saints, pirs and fakirs, who claim to have supernatural powers, knowledge of the future, a direct link to God or the power over genies have no real "secret formula" for divining the future or changing our circumstances.

    Fahad Faruqui: New Year's Resolutions: Fate Or Fortitude?

  • It is an old trick of the fakirs to have themselves buried alive.

    Chapter 18

  • Amid the welter of investment bank reports and breathless magazine articles chronicling India's rise, it's easy to forget that not so long ago the country was better known for beggars and fakirs than for software engineers and ambitious tycoons.

    India Through Clear Eyes

  • I remember, when I was a young girl, traveling in India, there was a school of fakirs who leaped into deep wells and stayed down much longer than you, child, much longer indeed.



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