There is still a lot more to life you’re yet to learn. Around the world, people have different versions of the truth, and it shows in their culture. For example, besides the religions that millions are part of, there are beliefs that only certain tribes practice. To show their faith, they hold rituals that, although embedded in their customs, might still be considered unethical, perhaps even illegal to the rest of the world.
Many people have gone out of their way to create documentaries about these subjects to shed light on their stories. One of them is Dakota Wint, also known as Dakota of Earth, a traveler and content creator who shares his unique adventures with the world. He uses YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to show what he uncovers about the different spiritual practices and cultural rituals of tribes that not many may know about.
Among his countless experiences that have intrigued many is his encounter with ascetic Hindus in India at the holy city of Varanasi. Dakota shared what he learned along his journey through the short documentary Aghori: Holy Men of the Dead. Since the video about the human-eating cannibals was released in June 2021, it has had hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.
The unique culture of the Aghori tribe includes the use of dead bodies for their ceremonial practices. These postmortem rituals are a way for the believers to achieve spiritual enlightenment and even obtain earthly powers. They also smear the deceased’s ashes on their bodies and use their bones, not only for ceremonies but also for jewelry.
During Dakota’s travels, he has also come across the Amazonian tribe, the Shipibo, with whom he lived with for about six months. They reside in remote jungles, and like the Aghori, they have unique rituals, although more shamanic in nature. Dakota shared his experiences with the tribe through his podcasts and vlogs. As a result, these materials have enlightened hundreds of thousands of people.
The Shipibo’s ritual includes medicinal plant species found in parts of the jungle near them, which they called their farmacia, meaning pharmacy. Once used during a ceremony, they allow those participating to have telepathic experiences and venture into the hidden dimension or astral world. Dakota himself can testify to this effect, as he was present at around 35 of these ceremonies.
Another one of Dakota’s adventures that caught the attention of many is his experience with the indigenous Seri people residing in Sonora. Unlike the Aghori, who work with corpses and the Shipibo with medicinal plants, they use 5-MeO-DMT in their rituals. It’s a powerful substance taken from the back glands of a psychedelic toad. Consuming it tricks your body into thinking it has died, allowing you to take a peek at the “heavenly white light.”
Exploring the world and sharing the diversity and uniqueness in people’s cultures is Dakota’s passion. There’s more to life than what you know, as life itself is a mystery. No one can say for sure that they have come close to the absolute reality of the world. However, it’s the beliefs of every tribe and community that allow them to walk their own paths towards the truth they choose to believe.