The Aghoris eating-dead practices


The Aghoris are members of a Hindu sect who worship Shiva, whom they see as the supreme god. Because they believe that Shiva created everything – they consider nothing to be bad. For this reason they engage in a variety of sexual practices, they drink alcohol, take drugs, and eat meat. Nothing is considered taboo. But the thing that makes their ancient traditions bizarre is that they are also practicing cannibals and their temples are cremation grounds. An aghori lives in the cremation ground and is able to support himself there – his clothing comes from the dead, his firewood comes from the funeral pyres, and food from the river. When a person is cremated, an aghori will coat himself in the ashes of the body and meditate on the dead.

Aghoris eating-dead practices

The most shocking aspect of the Aghori life is their cannibalism. Dead bodies that are found floating in the river are gathered up and meditated on. The limbs are then removed by the Aghori and eaten raw.

The corpses, which may be either pulled from a river (including the Ganges) or obtained from cremation grounds, are consumed both raw and cooked on open flame, as the Aghoris believe that what others consider a “dead man” is, in fact, nothing but a natural matter devoid of the life force it once contained. Therefore while for ordinary folks cannibalism may be seen as primitive, barbaric as well as unclean, for aghori’s it’s being both resourceful and subverting the common stereotypes placed on such taboos into a spiritual ascertainment that indeed nothing is profane nor separate from God, who is hailed to be all and in all. In fact, the Aghoris see it as a scientific approach in trying to discover how matter converts from one form to another.

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February 25, 2013 at 8:38 PM

one thing they forgot to mention here is they are famous for practicing black magic and most of their life style is centered around black magic.

May 25, 2013 at 12:19 AM

To us, it's culture shocked..! To them, it's normal but in uncommon practices.

May 25, 2013 at 5:49 AM

even me got shocked. Agreed that it's the culture they follow but with us thinking it was stupid. God!

December 10, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Hi - You've used one of my copyrighted photos on the Aghori sect here. The second image where the Sadu is drinking from the skull. It looks like you cut the water mark out of it too. Can you link back to my site please or remove the photo?

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