This article utilizes the example of the Aghori, with their radical and unique perspective on death,
as a challenge to the Western world to live an authentic, present life by maintaining awareness of
mortality. Specifically, three main themes are explored: first, a theoretical engagement of the concept
of death based on the (Western) philosophy of existentialism, second, a review of the historical
origins and philosophy of the Aghori sect, and third, a depiction of the Aghoris as a living example
of vigorously accepting death as an inevitability of life. On this basis a brief comparison of Western
and Eastern attitudes towards life and death will be offered.
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