The Aghori is a cannibalistic Hindu sect believed by some to derive mystical powers from their strange and macabre rituals.
They live in cemeteries across India, robbing the graves of the newly deceased and then eating the stolen corpses, both raw and cooked on open flames. Their activities are highly illegal, but police are often afraid to intervene.
In Paul Raffaele’s nonfiction book Among the Cannibals, one Aghori practitioner recounts eating the brains of the recently dead with his young son:
“I used to wait at the funeral pyre until the skull would burst— it bursts with a fine pop—and then I would rapidly, to avoid burning my fingers, pull out parts of the brain, which would be a gooey mess, partially roasted by then, and would eat it.”
Another describes eating the dead and bloated body of a pregnant woman, saying that it tasted like mango as chunks of flesh pulled away from her bones.
By their own account, the Aghori can make skeletons rise and fight each other, and it is said that they use ghosts and demons to take control of the minds of innocent victims.
Sounds like a fun night out!