Gymnosophists


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Gymnosophists

ancient Indian philosophers forsook clothing. [Asian Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 396]
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The gymnosophists demand nothing, refuse nothing, and make little more of their missive than a statement of identity.
The gymnosophists appear detached from contemporary politics and warfare, addressing Alexander as [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], either ignorant or dismissive of his standard title of [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].
Likewise the solar/celestial religion of Meroe and of Sisimithres' gymnosophists can be viewed in part as Heliodorus' imaginative dream of a more effective religion, (76) as Apuleius' Metamorphoses presents Isis worship (at least from Lucius' perspective) as an ideal type of religious experience.
The actions of the Gymnosophists and the Ethiopians of Meroe represent Heliodorus' dream of a more perfect religious practice; as has been seen above, Longus too provides an imaginative, ideal vison of a cosmos informed by the divine.
Austere self-sufficiency had been the Cynic ideal since Diogenes and Crates, and was the very feature that made the Indian gymnosophists into Cynic models.