Quote:“Dark tourism” is an attempt to conceptualise the growing swathes of international tourists who visit sites and memorials involving death, disaster, and catastrophe. Dark tourism is part of the adventure tourism industry, which has grown by 65 per cent annually over the past four years; expanding dark tourism’s geographical boundaries and for some, crossing a few ethical ones.
/... “If you are looking for something that will REALLY blow your mind brother, you should check out the Aghori cult.
“The Aghori — they’re cannibals, it’s one of the other things I came here to see. They fish dead human out of the river and eat their flesh, and they eat dead dogs sometimes too,”
Now I am not sure whether it was the line about eating human flesh or eating dead dogs, but it was at that moment I would have donated my succulent right arm just to see one of these so-called cannibals in action.
Notwithstanding my own morbid fascinations, the ethics of dark tourism loomed as a live issue: some people consider Dark Tourism exploitative, shallow, and vulgar and perhaps another symptom of Selfie Culture. Other people disagree and say Dark Tourism is exciting, educational and even spiritual.
Last year, Russian travel agency Megapolis Kurort began selling packaged holidays to war-torn Eastern Ukraine, replete with bodyguards and armoured carriers. Megapolis Kurort is now trying to organise the Assad Tour, a four-day tour of war-affected areas in Syria.
Already, a 54-year-old retired Israeli Defence Forces colonel has a spot for you on a mountain range in Israeli-occupied Golan Heights near Damascus: Grab binoculars, your smartphone and take a seat on the rolling green hills to see smoke, hear mortar rounds going off and even catch a glimpse of the slaughter.
It's not how I'd like to spend my holiday