A Female Devotee
Gold includes several studies of what he describes as religious fanaticism. He states that “This woman made a vow, in order to gain the favour of the Gods, to keep her right arm uplifted, and let the fingernails of that hand grow for twelve years. The cord she carries round her neck she uses for the purpose of tying up her arm at night when going to rest. In no country has fanaticism been carried to a more extravagant length than in India, where a large proportion of all the natives still persevere on dragging on a miserable existence of religious beggary”.