Has anyone else heard of "Amma" the living Hindu "hugging saint"? It is all very odd. She is acquiring a large following and has Western adherents, as well.
Her true name is Mātā Amritanandamayī Devi. She is a female Indian guru revered as a living saint. She is called "Amma" or "Mother". She is rising up as the "Oprah of the East". She is well-known for hugging people and she apparently hugs hundreds if not thousands of people everyday.
More on "Amma" from Wiki.