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Gabbard irked by CNN's spotlight on cannibalistic Hindu sect

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U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, is calling out CNN's new show "Believer," saying it misrepresents Hinduism.

The criticism came after the show featured a small sect of Hinduism called the Aghoris of India, a cannibalistic group that worships Shiva, the Hindu God of Destruction.

Typically opposed by most mainstream Hindus, the sect has been known to eat feces, drink out of human skull and and smear themselves with the ashes of corpses as part of their rituals.

In the episode of “Believer,” host Reza Aslan was seen eating a cooked human brain with the group.

Aslan later wrote on Facebook, “Want to know what a dead guy’s brain tastes like? Charcoal. It was burnt to a crisp! #Believer.”

In a series of tweets, Gabbard, the first Hindu-American member of Congress, wrote, “While good people across our country are working hard to increase mutual understanding and respect between people of different religions, I am very disturbed that CNN is using its power and influence to increase people’s misunderstanding and fear of Hinduism.”

Others -- including Shalabh Kumar, who made significant contributions to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, as well as the U.S. India Political Action Committee -- also expressed their disappointment in the episode.

Aslan responded on Facebook that Aghoris are an “extreme Hindu sect” and “are not representative of Hinduism.”

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