Grottes et tombes: les affinites des Nāth Yogīs avec le monde souterrain

Véronique Bouillier


Exploring what links the Nāth Yogīs to the subterranean world, this articles focuses on the relationships between two underground chambers: the guphā, the meditation cave, and the samādhi, the burial place (where the Yogī is supposed to remain eternally in ecstatic state). It looks also at the different myths connecting Gorakhnāth and the Yogīs to the subterranean serpent-deities, the Nāgas. Relying on texts, myths and current Nāth practices, the article shows how these manifold connections take their meaning from common references to body symbolism.

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