Cannibalism – Aghoris
Varanasi is one of the holiest places in India, and people travel here to gain salvation. It has around 2,000 temples lining its streets – where Hindu pilgrims come from far and wide to bathe in the river’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites on its white-sand beaches. In India, there are different religious sects whose beliefs are based around Hinduism, but out of them, certain groups have been nearly universally denounced by mainstream Hinduism.
They have the same essential tenets of the religion, but what’s makes them could be explained only by a single word- cannibalism. The Aghori monks of Varanasi are feared throughout India for their extreme practices, and the monks are said to be able to predict the future and make evil prophecies. The exiled tribe believes in engaging in illegal practices in search of spiritual enlightenment.
The feasts on human flesh, drink from skulls and live among the dead. The most crucial private ritual is called Shav Putra. To complete it, they must find human corpses. Once they are done finding one, they meditate on it, chop the head off, and some eat the flesh. They believe that they can’t please God if they don’t make this human sacrifice. They keep the skull of the corpse as a reminder of the impermanence of life.
That’s why they are known as the nomadic ‘cannibal cult’ of India. This is the main reason why locals stay away from them. They seem to do black magic along with future telling. One of the most important and chilling daily rituals that they do is smothering their faces in human ash. To stay alleviated all day, they mostly consume a lot of marijuana. They call it, holy ash. It’s not easy finding Aghori because of the local shut out of them. To become an Aghor, each member of the sect has to spend at least 12 years learning and practicing from his guru.
Cannabis: dark tourism –
If you are interested in seeking out unusually different and extraordinary things, then this tribe or Varanasi is worth exploring. Cannabis cult is one of the most mystical tribes of the country. But a warning is indeed necessary, and you need to be prepared for more than you bargained and experience something you would prefer to forget. With this, it can be said that India is more than just what we see and hear; it’s full of myths, tales, and legends.