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Aghorī


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A member of a Śaiva ascetic sect, related to the now defunct Kāpālika tradition, that worships Śiva in his Aghora (terrible) form. Most prevalent in Vārāṇasī (but now few in number), Aghorīs live and meditate in cremation grounds, where they eat from skulls, and, in theory at least, perform a ritual which involves consuming the meat of human corpses. Their transgression of social and ritual taboos is regarded as a means of acquiring power (siddhi).

Subjects: Hinduism.


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