My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.
Anyone who knows me or looks through the tags of this website will know of my fascination with hermits and my own enjoyment of solitude. So there will be no surprise that I’m posting a link to a set of 60 striking photos of hermits in several different countries by Italian photographer Carlo Bevilacqua.
Into The Silence Hermits of the Third Millennium
Secular or religious, Catholic or Orthodox, followers of singular syncretism of Eastern religions and apocryphal Christian revelation or even shamans healers: these are the contemporary hermits.
They are not so many, but their presence and their witness have a powerful and fascinating effect.
They live sometimes isolated in small apartments in the heart of our cities, most often they stay by the side of woods and villages.
They build their own retreat or put away old rectory and chapels that previously fell to pieces.
The phenomenon has been observed in the late eighties and recent years have seen a steady increase in number.
Extraordinary stories and portraits of surprising humanity which strike for the radical and the beauty of life that flows from it.
In Italy and France, ranging between 200 and 300, while in Germany, according to the official statistics are not over 80. Worldwide, the clear majority, approximately 60 percent, is made up of women.
In the United States they are about 500, 10 percent of which is married.
The western hermitage – after the extraordinary flowering of early Christianity and the High Middle Ages – has almost disappeared from the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century. Just since the sixties, however, someone began to reconsider it as a lifestyle, not just as a religious choice.
The early pioneers of the solitary life timidly make their appearance in France, Canada and Italy.
A little hidden world, but alive, very strong, far from the myths and false needs of our world, sometimes unnecessarily dizzy .
GO TO: Into the Silence Hermits of the Third Millenium by Carlo Bevilacqua