The Aghori are Shaivites, ascetic sadhus devoted to Shiva. They believe the Hindu god of transformation through death and destruction is the supreme being, embracing death and devoting their lives to living in filth. They often live in or near cremation sites, covering themselves in ashes of the dead, and use bones to make bowls and jewelry.
Human remains for the Aghori rituals are gathered from the sacred but highly polluted Ganges river, where the ashes and bones of cremated dead are thrown from the Varanasi ghats. During cholera epidemics of the past, thousands of uncremated bodies were dumped into the river.
Still today, the bodies of holy men, pregnant women, people with leprosy/chicken pox, people bitten by snakes, people who have committed suicide, the poor, and children under 5 are not cremated but weighted down in the Ganges. The bodies eventually come loose and float down the river.
The corpses are worn, used as alters, or consumed to serve as a reminder of mortality and the challenge to transcend the duality of life and death. For an Aghori sadhu, they are symbolic of himself. The flesh is eaten raw or cooked over an open flame.
Drinking alcohol from a human skull, known as kapala, is another common tradition in Aghori ritual, as is drinking urine and eating fecal matter. (x)
Aghori smoking cannabis and hashish. They take the concept of smoking 'religiously' to a completely different level. I truly wish more individuals who claim to like these people and their faith actually took the time to read deeper into their beliefs and customs and try to understand them, instead of simply focusing on the seemingly ‘darker’ practices, like their drug and alcohol use, necrophagy and use of human skeletal remains in their rituals and clothing to name a few. They are a fascinating people and culture, and the more I learn the more I realize there’s nothing to be afraid of.
bhavatu bhavatu bhavatu.
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