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How are the Samanas described in Siddhartha?

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sweetcandy | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 4, 2009 at 4:51 AM via web

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How are the Samanas described in Siddhartha?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted March 29, 2010 at 7:36 AM (Answer #1)

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In the book Siddhartha the Samanas are like the priests who devote their lives to pain and suffering in order to reach Nirvana, a state of perfect peace and tranquility.  They wear loin cloths and a cloak that is not festive.  They fast often so they can experience hunger and learn to control their body.  They are thin and look like they have starved themselves.

The Samanas deny themselves the luxuries of the flesh to include any thing of pleasure such as food or comforts.  They are a type of monk from the area in which Siddhartha lived.  They dwell in the forest away from risk of sin and commune with nature.

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