Aghori monks eat human flesh, drink from human skulls, chew the heads off live animals and meditate on top of cadavers.
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The cannibal tribe lives in Varanasi, India, they often reside near cremation sites and cemeteries in search of spiritual enlightenment. Cristiano Ostinelli, the Italian photographer, who spent some time with exiled monks to know more about their unusual lifestyle, says, "There is a great mystery around them and the Indians fear them, they say they can predict the future, walk on water and do evil prophecies."
The monks use a combination of marijuana, alcohol and meditation to help them reach a disconnected state of heightened awareness and bring themselves closer to Hindu god Lord Shiva. They are also known for using people's corpses for their rituals, they wear them as clothes, consume them or build alters. The monks believe that flesh and blood are transitory and that the body is ultimately inconsequential.
Despite their terrifying reputation the Aghori are charitable and have set up a leper colony where they have cared for and cured 99,045 patients with full leprosy and 147,503 with partial leprosy.