The nude and beheaded body of a man was found in a temple to Kali in Donaipur, India. The man was reportedly ritually painted and had marigold petals and incense scattered near the body. Locals believe it to be a true case of human sacrifice but authorities believe it to have been a case of murder with the killers trying to disguise it as being human sacrifice.
Kali, to whom the temple where the body was found was dedicated, is the goddess of death, destruction, time, and transformation in the Hindu faith. In many artistic renderings the goddess is portrayed as fanged, wearing a necklace of skulls or human heads, brandishing weapons, and drinking human blood.
Decapitated man found at temple may be human sacrifice, police say