There is a small sect, called Aghori Sadhus, who still practice
cannibalism - eating rotten dead meat and meditating on human corpses.
The Aghoris are members of a Hindu sect in India whose bizarre ancient traditions include cannibalism.
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 survive by begging with a
bowl made from a human skull.
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 or obtained
from cremation grounds, are consumed both raw and cooked on open flame.
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
There are many Aghoris walking the streets of northern India. These
Aghoris eat anything, including rotten food, food from the dumps,
animal feces, animal urine, etc. They regularly perform rituals to
attain the highest level in enlightenment.