"Dervish"


Dervishes or "malangs" (as they are referred to in Afghanistan and Pakistan today) are not an uncommon subject for 19th and early 20th century photographers in Asia. Their eccentric dress, and often 'wild' appearance captivate the imagination as we view their images taken so long ago.

This man carries a bowl for collecting alms, as well as what appears to be a horn, possibly made from an elephant tusk. He is rather well dressed (possibly a staged photograph?) with an animal skin around his shoulders, what appears to be a hand loomed woolen garment on his body and carrying what appears to be a woven woolen bag on his left shoulder.