More Real life Zombies?
In the last post on social pariah we looked at the dead literally walking the earth in an ancient tradition followed by villagers in Toraja,Indonesia,. Not a single bit of flesh munching in sight and it turned out it was a rather touching tribute to deceased relatives. Well this time we've found some flesh eaters that walk the earth but as before not everything is as it seems, so put the kettle on , pull up a chair and let us introduce you to the Aghori Monks of Varanasi, India. Italian photographer Cristiano Ostinelli spent time with the mysterious tribe to portrait their life and to set up the base for the prospective scientific approaches. He explained:“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 revered Hindu god Lord Shiva.The Aghori also believe that by immersing themselves without prejudice in what others deem taboo or disturbing, they’re on course to achieving enlightenment.They live among India’s cremation sites – where Lord Shiva and goddess Kali Ma are said to dwell – and feed on what others throw away.Bodies are often cremated and then scattered into the sacred Ganges river, but some bodies are disposed of without cremation.” The monks believe that flesh and blood are transitory and that the body is ultimately inconsequential and they emphasise this notion through their habit of dwelling in cemeteries and by surrounding themselves with death and decay, where they also cover themselves in human ash. The Aghori shun material belongings and often walk around unclothed. This encourages detachment from what they see as earthly delusions and better signifies the human body in its purest form. One of their practices is to drink human urine from a human skull bowl called a kapala which they will also use for begging or food, they can also been seen wih trinkets fashioned from bone. Despite this reputation they are also considered healers and shamens and not considered a danger to the public as they do not kill to be close to death or for food,but seek out the bodies that are not cremated.