PHOTO: The Aghori cult who live in cemeteries, use dead bodies as alters and eat human flesh
The images are intense and expressing thrilling encounters, the most intriguing picture was the moment a man tipped his head back and raised his hands before drinking from the mouth of a real human skull.
In another picture, a man is seen sitting down with a red human skull perched on top of his own whilst his face is covered in an eerie white dust.
They are devoted servants of Shiva– a Hindu deity. The Aghori practices are seen as being contradictory to orthodox Hinduism.
The Aghori believe in asceticism, a chronic lifestyle of self-denial in which one denies themselves of sensual pleasures choosing instead to pursue spiritual goals.
The cult mainly worship Bhairava, the form of Shiva associated with death.
Aghoris are idol worshippers, relying instead on meditation and a combination of alcohol and marijuana to practice greater concentration.
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The Aghori Coven believe in practicing what the society deem a taboo or disturbing, which they feel is a road to achieving enlightenment.
Over the years, these practices have included meditating on top of bodies, performing sexual acts in cemeteries and smearing human ash all over their bodies.
Some cult members practice sexual acts in the midst of dead bodies, they claimed, it give them supernatural powers.
These powers are believed to enable them to practice black magic—which they are inhibited from using on others.
Devoted Aghori’s shun materialism and often walk around unclothed as beggars.
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This encourages detachment from what they see as “earthly delusions” and better signifies the human body in its purest form.
They are cloaked in an aura of mystery, the Aghori sadhus’ are known for post-mortem rituals – They practice cannibalism.
Aghoris live among India’s cremation sites – where Lord Shiva and goddess Kali Ma are said to dwell – and feed on what others throw away.
As well as feasting on human flesh, Aghoris also drink from human skulls and chew the heads off of live animals.