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Hindu Aghoris live near cremation sites in India and meditate on death and its implications. This form of religious devotion is explored through an interview with an Aghori woman and her disciple. Presenter Reverend Peter Owen-Jones visits the cremation ghats - waterside cremation sites - at Tarapith in West Bengal, where Aghoris, Hindu holy men and women who follow Siva, meditate on death surrounded by cremation fires and partially cremated bodies. The Aghori embrace the reality of death and the presenter meets with one holy woman who explains her path and why she has chosen this way of life.
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16 January 2009

Classroom Ideas

This clip is only suitable for older students. They might try and work out what benefits the Aghoris believe they gain from living so close to death. Students could explain how Hindu beliefs in karma and reincarnation fit into this approach to life.