When it comes to cleanliness, most people are particular. At the very least, everyone takes personal hygiene seriously. When it is possible, that is. But that doesn’t seem to be true for Haji. This Iranian old man hasn’t bathed in quite a long time. Sixty years, to be precise.
As per the statement of Haji, cleanliness actually made him sick. The old man was well into his 80s. And yet, he hadn’t taken a single bath for the last sixty years. His residence was found to be in the Dejgah village. It was actually located in Fars, which is the Southern Iranian province. He was completely isolated from the world in his own way.
The Iranian old man hasn’t bathed not because of shortage of water. But because of hating water. If one was to suggest a bath, they will only invite his wrath. But every action had its consequences. And Haji’s dislike of water had made him one with Mother Nature. His colour was quite similar to the earth now. He could easily blend in with his surroundings. And one could easily mistake him for a rock if he stood still.
However, as it turned out, it was not only bath that Haji disliked. He was disgusted by fresh food. His all-time favourite meal was the rotten meat of porcupine. He didn’t prefer his drinking water to be clean. He did drink around five liters of water daily for staying healthy. But that water always came from large oil can with rust. In addition, he smoked his pipe by putting in animal feces rather than tobacco. When it came to trimming his hair, Haji had his own way. He preferred standing over a flame and simply burning off his hair. For winters, this old man had a war helmet to keep the cold off.
When it came to living quarters, Haji didn’t have any. It seemed like he was a part of the nature. He had a hole in the ground to live in, which looked like a grave. It was to keep him in touch with his surroundings and grounded in reality. The villagers even made him an open shack out of bricks. He also slept there sometimes. The locals called him, Amou Haji. “Amou” meant a kind old man in Farsi. So, the Iranian old man hasn’t bathed out of disgust for water in a long time. But the people still found him respectable.
To many it would seem that Haji’s life choices were without meaning. However, the Old Iranian man had to suffer a lot in his youth. That led him to take such drastic decisions, as per the villagers. But even in such a lifestyle, Haji seemed happier than most. His life didn’t have the burdens that almost every person had.
This Iranian old man hasn’t bathed in a long time but his soul seems cleansed from all worries.