Amou Haji’s “rules of life” were shocking – the Iranian ate animals hit by cars, smoked a pipe full of animal excrement, and believed that cleanliness would make him feel bad.
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An Iranian hermit who has been dubbed “the dirtiest man in the world” for not showering in over half a century has died at the age of 94 in southern Iran’s Fars province.
As he writes “guardian”, a man named Amou Haji, covered in soot from head to toe, did not wash for 67 years. The villagers said that in his youth he had “emotional upheavals”, due to which the man refused use soap and water to maintain hygiene and lived as a hermit.
In 2014, the Tehran Times reported on Haji, who ate animals hit by cars, smoked a pipe full of animal excrement, and believed that cleanliness would make him sick. His favorite food was a porcupine, but the Iranian followed the advice of modern nutritionists and drank a lot of liquid – 5 liters of water from an old rusty oil can, filling it including from a puddle. The colorful photographs depicted an old man, smoking multiple cigarettes at the same time.
Earlier this year, a team of doctors led by Dr. Gholamreza Molavi, a professor at the Tehran School of Public Health, examined Haji. Doctors were amazed to find that the man did not have any bacteria or parasites other than asymptomatic trichinosis that occurs when eating raw meat. The doctors concluded that Hadji was able to stay healthy for so many years because he developed a strong immune system after decades of living in extremely harsh conditions.
Everything was going well until the villagers finally convinced Haji to take a shower for the first time. Perhaps the body could not bear such a drastic change, and a few months later the man died.
In 2009, the Hindustan Times reported that Kailash “Kalau” Singh, from a village outside the holy city of Varanasi, had not bathed in over 30 years in an attempt to help end “all the problems the people are facing.” Singh refused water in favor of the so-called “fire bath”. “Each evening, when the villagers gather, Kalau kindles a fire, smokes marijuana and stands on his foot, praying to Shiva,” the journalists wrote. At this time, Singh said: “It’s like using water for a bath, a fire bath helps to kill all germs and infections in the body.”