Swiss woman dies sunlight
According to Newspaper Tages Anzeiger, The woman whose name has not been released has died of starvation while attempting a radical way of living, after seeing the method in an Austrian documentary about an Indian guru who claims to have lived this way for 70 years.
The woman apparently prepared for the process by reading a book by Australian breatharian Ellen Greve, who goes by the name Jasmuheen, reports Australia's Herald Sun.
The woman reportedly did not eat or drink anything for over a week, even refusing to swallow her own Saliva. Authorities confirmed in the Swiss state of Aargau on Wednesday that the died in January of 2011 and coroners have labelled official cause of death as Starvation. Newstrack India reports that Excerpts from her diary showed she was refusing to eat or drink in the belief it would 'spiritually cleanse' her body and 'recharge her both physically and mentally.'
The woman, who was in her fifties, apparently got the idea after watching the documentary film 'In the Beginning, There Was Light' which features an Indian guru who claims to not have eaten anything in 70 years.
According to the Zurich newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, the unnamed woman decided to follow the radical fast in 2010.
The woman died in January 2011 in the town of Wolfhalden in eastern Switzerland, the prosecutors' office in the Swiss canton of Aargau confirmed on Wednesday.
Spokeswoman Jennifer Rissi said prosecutors haven't opened a criminal investigation over the woman's death, The Daily Mail reported.
Followers of the cult Breatharianism believe that the energy they save on digesting food and drink can be transformed into physical, emotional and spiritual energy.
The paper claimed there have been similar cases of self-starvation in Germany, Britain and Australia.
In 1999, Australian-born Verity Linn, 49, was found dead in a remote part of the Scottish Highlands after attempting a 21-day fast.
Excerpts from her diary showed she was refusing to eat or drink in the belief it would 'spiritually cleanse' her body and 'recharge her both physically and mentally.'
After viewing the 2010 film In the Beginning There Was Light, in which an Indian yogi named Prahlad Jani claims to have lived for 70 years without food or water, the unnamed woman set out to try the lifestyle for herself.
She spent a week eating and drinking nothing — not even her own saliva — while consuming only sunlight and air. She stopped for a few weeks at the behest of her children, but eventually resumed.
She was found dead in her home last winter; the cause of death was ruled to be starvation.
At least three other deaths have been attributed to the pseudoscientific practice of breatharianism since prominent advocate Ellen Greve began touting "pranic nourishment" in the 1990s