A woman at a temple in southern India getting her hair sheared in an act of veneration. Photo: Raj Hair International Pvt Ltd A woman at a temple in southern India getting her hair sheared in an act of veneration. Photo: Raj Hair International Pvt Ltd
A woman at a temple in southern India getting her hair sheared in an act of veneration. Photo: Raj Hair International Pvt Ltd
India

India’s sacred hair harvest: a spiritual (and profitable) journey from temple to global markets

  • Ancient Andhra Pradesh temple generates millions of dollars annually from operation that takes devotees’ hair and sells in online auctions
  • The hair is cleaned, untangled and sorted by Indian companies that export the finished product to wig-making firms in Hong Kong and China

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A woman at a temple in southern India getting her hair sheared in an act of veneration. Photo: Raj Hair International Pvt Ltd A woman at a temple in southern India getting her hair sheared in an act of veneration. Photo: Raj Hair International Pvt Ltd
A woman at a temple in southern India getting her hair sheared in an act of veneration. Photo: Raj Hair International Pvt Ltd
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