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Kānphaṭā (Split-Ear) yogīs is a popular designation of the Śaiva sectarian tradition of the Nāthyogīs or Gorakhnāthī yogīs alludes to the hallmark of their sect, huge round earrings piercing the ear cartilage. However popularly used, this appellation is considered by the yogīs as derogatory, and they prefer the more prestig…

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Veronique Bouillier, “Kānphaṭās”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_9000000047>
First published online: 2012

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