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The Aghorīs represent a broad collection of Indian religious traditions that seek to achieve a psycho-spiritual state of nondiscrimination in which there is no fear of or aversion to any person or object (Barrett, 2008). Aghorī commonly believe that this state, this teaching, this tradition, known as Aghor (lit. non-terrible), is natural and universal, but that it is usually lost by socializatio…

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Barrett, Ron, “Aghorīs”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 29 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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