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Aghori| Pramith Biswas


The Aghori are a small group of vamacharic ascetic Shaiva sadhus. They engage in post-mortem rites. They often dwell in charnel grounds, smear cremation ashes on their bodies, and use bones from human corpses for crafting kapalas (skull cups) and jewellery. Their practices are sometimes considered contradictory to orthodox Hinduism.


Aghori live the life of nomad and mostly they reside near crematorium, take bath in the cremation ashes and eat putrid flesh of corpses and drink out of human skulls. It is also said that, they also meditate on the corpses which is a symbolic of their rise from 'Shava' to 'Shiva'.


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