Identifying drowned bodies in the holy river Ganges. Befriending a cannibal hunter. Questioning her own relationship with the idea of Enlightenment. Host Caroline Slaughter goes on quite the journey in the new podcast Astray.
Westerners have long been drawn to the spiritual mystique of India. While many find what they’re looking for and return home, some vanish without a trace or even end up dead; including a backpacker who was well known on Instagram for his travel photos, a young man who went to India and started eating corpses and one woman from Virginia even jumped off a roof the night after a meditation retreat.
Astray investigates those who pay the ultimate cost in search of spiritual awakening while debunking the idea of “India Syndrome” and focuses on the tricky question “How far would you go for enlightenment?”