On my holiday to India, I visited one of the most spiritual places in the world, Varanasi.. Every inch of this city jolts you, from the burning bodies to the starving people and the half-dead animals crying for help, but when I heard about the cannablist rituals of the Indian Aghori monks, I was in shock. The eponymous host of Believer with Reza Aslan was in India to meet with ascetic members of the Aghori sect, which has fewer than 100 members. For other inquiries, Contact Us. This broadcast […], CNN Films’ APOLLO 11 was honored with 3 Emmys® on night one of the 2020 Creative Arts ceremonies of the […], The SpringHill Company & CNN Films Announce Production of ‘DREAMLAND: The Rise and Fall of Black Wall Street’, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Explores How The World Sees America in new Primetime Special, When and how to watch JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE on CNN – beginning Sunday, Sept 27, RBG to broadcast on CNN tonight at 10pm ET / 7pm PT, CNN Films Honored by Three Primetime Emmy Wins at Tonight’s Creative Arts Ceremony. These incidents were also cited in a statement from the Hindu American foundation. The footage prompted a backlash from critics who accused him of painting a false and extreme picture of Hinduism, with America's only Hindu Member of Congress tweeting: "I am very disturbed that CNN is using its power and influence to increase people’s misunderstanding and fear of Hinduism.". This article is more than 3 years old.

"CNN promotional materials and trailers that included a scene showing a group of Hindus under a caption “CANNIBALS,” perpetuated bizarre and ugly impressions of Hindus and their religion.

Read RT Privacy policy to find out more. Aslan ate the piece of cooked brain while filming an episode of his show, ‘Believer with Reza Aslan’, on an ascetic Hindu sect called the Aghori. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Zee TV's 'Aghori' Is Dark Love Story Set Against an Intriguing Canvas", "I have done a lot of preparation for my character in Aghori: Parag Tyagi", "Gaurav Chopraa talks about his comeback on TV with Aghori", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Aghori_(2019_TV_series)&oldid=985686373, Articles needing additional references from March 2020, All articles needing additional references, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, As per Rudranath's commands, Adhvik creates mishaps in Kamakshi's wedding-Aghori, Adhvik, Indar and Aasmi try hard to abduct Kamakshi - Aghori, Rudranath attacks Dravya using his supernatural powers-Aghori, Dravya, Soham and Shanaya stand against Adhvik, Indar and Aasmi-Aghori, Param is confused about Dravya's invitation to discuss Adhvik's wedding-Aghori, Dravya's new decision shocks Kamakshi's family and Adhvik - Aghori, Adhvik gets captivated by some unknown power - Aghori, Kamakshi explains to Hariyali that she is obsessed with Adhvik - Aghori, Adhvik and Kamakshi search for Aara - Aghori, Kamakshi learns about Adhvik's parents - Aghori, Kamakshi and Adhvik fight together - Aghori, Dravya helps Kamakshi escape from Adhvik - Aghori, Simran Kaur as Kamakshi - Priya's daughter, Salman Shaikh as Chiraag - Kamakshi's maternal uncle's son, Preeti Puri as Suman - Kamakshi's maternal aunt, Syed Zafar Ali as Kamakshi's Maternal Uncle, Hardika Joshi as Vipra - Kamakshi's maternal aunt, Ibrar Yakub as Param - Kamakshi's maternal uncle, Vimarsh Roshan as Kamakshi's maternal uncle, Pakhi Mendola as Aaraa - Kamakshi's maternal uncle's daughter, This page was last edited on 27 October 2020, at 10:26. "Believer" airs every Sunday at 10p ET. However, such practices have no place in mainstream Hinduism as practised by around a billion members of the world's third-largest religion, including Member of Congress for Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard. Aghoris live among India's cremation sites - where Lord Shiva and goddess Kali Ma are said to dwell - and feed on what others throw away. The monks use a combination of marijuana, alcohol and meditation to help them reach a “disconnected state of heightened awareness” to bring themselves closer to Lord Shiva. We pay for videos too. Many Hindus slammed CNN for highlighting the practices of the sect, saying that it does not represent mainstream Hinduism and there is only a very small number of Aghori. Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368 . Subscribe to CNN Press Room Email Updates. Reza Aslan outrages Hindus by eating human brains in CNN documentary. Filming with the Aghori gurus, he also smeared the ash of a cremated body on his face and drank from a human skull. In another picture, a man is seen sitting down with a red human skull perched on top of his own whilst his face is covered in an eerie white dust.

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INCREDIBLE images have captured a terrifying cult who live in cemeteries, use dead bodies as alters and eat human flesh. “What’s more, I had numerous meetings by phone and in person with representatives of the Hindu-American Foundation who, unlike a great many of those who were upset about the episode, actually watched it.”. Rudranath sends Advik to fetch that girl. Collaborative production to explore the history of Greenwood – and the modern-day excavation of an American massacre The SpringHill Company […], America’s global standing and what’s at stake debuts Oct. 11 on CNN & CNN International TRAILER: https://f.io/ThZ4ouEr As the U.S. […], Trailer: https://cnncm.tv/johnlewis CNN Films will premiere JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE for television Sunday, Sept. 27 at 9pm Eastern and Pacific […], CNN will encore the documentary about the life and legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. INCREDIBLE images have captured a terrifying cult who live in cemeteries, use dead bodies as alters and eat human flesh. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. He said that he provided numerous articles and videos on CNN.com to address the beliefs of Hinduism and debunk its myths. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Shrouded in an aura of mystery, the Aghori sadhus’ are know for post-mortem rituals - in particular the practice cannibalism. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.

The Aghori were described as "cannibals" by CNN when promoting the documentary, though they only eat the flesh of people who have died of natural causes.

Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, An Aghori man is pictured holding a skull between his hands, An Aghori man uses ash to cover himself and a human skull, An Aghori man pours water into his mouth from a skull, Photographer, Jan Skwara captured the tribe while travelling through Varanasi, India, A red-stained skull sits atop the head of an Aghori man, Ash is used to cover the bodies of Aghori cult members, An Aghori man is pictured holding a human skull, which is stained red, An upturned skull is held by an Aghori man, Aghori members wear little to no clothing to rid themselves of shame, Aghori sadhus’ are know for their dark post-mortem rituals, An Aghori man drinks from a bloodied human skull, An Aghori man pours water from a human skull, Aghori members live among India's cremation sites, An Aghori member pictured cradling a human skull in his hand, An Aghori man raises his hand while balancing a human skull on his lap, An Aghori man pictured praying in isolation, Many Aghori practises involve the use of human remains, The macabre interior of an Aghori home, where the remains of dead bodies are used to build alters, A coffin is used as decor in this Aghori home, A collection of skulls as found in an Aghori home, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Rudranath also kills Kamakshi's parents and then an Aghoran said Kamakshi's mother Priya (Nidhi Uttam) that if Kamakshi is married before the completion of 23 years, Rudranath will not spoil her. But Mr Aslan rejected the suggestion his programme could contribute to a climate of anti-Hindu sentiment, writing on Facebook: "as I repeatedly state on camera and in voice-over, [the Aghori] are not representative of Hinduism but are instead an extreme Hindu sect who reject the fundamental Hindu distinction between purity and pollution. Alton Towers closes until further notice due to lockdown despite planned Xmas events, Trump claims he's WON & Biden's 'stealing' election - but count isn't even over, LIVE updates - Trump demands count is STOPPED with race deadlocked, I'm mortgage-free at 35 & once paid for a £1.2k supermarket shop with coupons, Pubs WILL be able to serve takeaway pints in lockdown with new legal loophole, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No.

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