-Excerpt from an interview with documentarian Riku Rantala
Sunday, August 15, 2010
"Every traveler is an envoy"
"We had a very strange encounter with the Aghori sect in India. They are Holy men who embrace unholy things, showing that all things are from God. They drink alcohol and smoke ganja. They drink their own urine and eat feces. I got into the action, too. A guy brought me a chicken and told me to drink the blood...Iv'e learned that a single traveler can build understanding between different cultures. Every traveler is an envoy. People tend to fear each other, but exploring the other culture, even the hard-core parts, can demystify it and reveal common humanity."