Some have restricted themselves to being vegetarians. Other non-vegetarians, as if to strike a balance between the two, believe in practicing a subtle form of cannibalism ― all in the name of inner peace and tranquility.
Despite improvements in the Hindu society's horrid caste system, that believed in racially dividing people based on their caste, there still exists sections of educated, or emancipated men and women who allow the Aghoris to practice the grotesque act of devouring a piece of dead rotten human flesh. Especially if the corpse has just been reduced to ashes.
He goes naked or is dressed in the shroud of a corpse, covers himself in the ashes of the cremation ground, a polluting for an orthodox Brahmin, and his, and sometimes macabre, ritual actions are symbols of his non-dualistic beliefs.
The corpse upon which he meditates is a symbol of his own body and the corpse devouring ritual is a symbol of the transcendence of his lower self and a realization of the greater, all pervading self.
Because of this monistic doctrine, Aghoris strongly believe that there are no opposites in this world and that the conventional Hindu distinctions between purity and impurity are actually an illusion of some sort.
Most people who 'understand and accept' this religious act of subdued cannibalism believe that Aghoris can be accepted in society. As living in a democracy, it's not uncommon to observe such eerie acts of religion. Since practicing this needs loads of perseverance, Aghoris are very small in number.
These people look for small pieces of flesh at the Hindu cremation grounds and are identified by their shiny attire. Since, of course, the idea of eating dead flesh is quite repulsive, this rite is not practiced often, only once or twice in a span of four to five years.