Kailash Singh, 65-year-old farmer from India, hasn’t bathed or washed his 6ft-long dreadlocks for 37 years, shortly after he married. According to the Daily Mail, Kailash was told by a priest that he would have a much-prized son if he followed the advice. With seven daughters born since then, Mr Singh is still waiting for a male heir.
Mr Singh spends his days farming in plus 110°F heat, yet the only ‘cleansing’ he does allow himself is a ‘fire bath’ each evening, which involves smoking marijuana, praying to the Hindu Lord Shiva and dancing around a bonfire.
His family admits they once tried to force him to take a shower but he fought them off and ran away.
Kailash’s wife even threatened to stop sleeping with him if he didn’t bath, but she gave in first, insisting she should be loyal and put up with the stench.
Mr Singh’s smell makes him unpopular in his neighbourhood in the Indian city of Varanasi.
“Children tease and shout that I don’t wash when I ride my bicycle through the village,” he said. “There are many people who have a poor character that mock me for not washing. They do not understand my decision but I will not change my mind as it is god’s choice, not mine.”
Kailash’s only contact with water is to wash his mouth and hands.
“I have no son, so I will never wash again,” he said. “Maybe when I am born again I will wash.”