Stomach-churning moment CNN presenter eats human brains with cannibal tribe

By Petrus Malherbe
10 March 2017

“I feel like this may have been a mistake.”

You thought your job was tough going!

The hapless presenter of CNN travel programme Believer, Reza Aslan, shocked many viewers recently when he ate human brains on the show.

Viewers see the Iranian-American presenter putting the brains in his mouth, chewing slowly then gulping it down with difficulty.

And it apparently tastes like charcoal, according to him.

PHOTO: CNN screengrab

PHOTO: CNN screengrab

Reza visited the Aghori sect in India for this particular episode. Many of their centuries-old practices have remained intact, including cannibalism. They also rub their bodies and faces with the ashes of the dead.

Before he gets fed the brains Reza enjoys a drink from a human skull.

The Aghori also eat their own excrement. Viewers see how a man interviewed by Reza holds his hands under his buttocks then brings faeces to his mouth and eats it.

At one point he also throws excrement at Reza and the camera crew. The episode, which was aired in America for the first time on Sunday, has disgusted many viewers and provoked strong reaction in the Hindu community. Tulsi Gabbard, the only Hindu in Congress, tweeted: “I am very disturbed that CNN is using its power and influence to increase people’s misunderstanding and fear of Hinduism.”

Reza (44) found the Aghori tribe near the holy Hindu city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh state. At one point the Aghori man also threatened to cut the journalist’s head off “if you keep talking so much”.

Shortly thereafter a nervous Reza can be heard acknowledging,

He later told his fans on Facebook that the human brains tasted like “charcoal burnt to a crisp”.

The minute Aghori sect apparently has fewer than 100 members left.

Watch an excerpt of the show:

Bronne: Daily Mail; Metro; CNN

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