Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tibetan Sky Burial

There is a practice in Tibet of offering the deceased to vultures as a final act of compassion. Sometimes this is done in a ceremony with a lot of Monks and such present. Other times it is a simple affair for family to take care of.

THIS is one of the best galleries for sky burial I have ever seen. Warning: It is Graphic.

15 comments:

Lavanah said...

Wow.

perruche-verte said...

That's beautiful! I'd like my remains disposed of that way (insofar as they could be called 'mine'), but I'm pretty sure it's illegal everywhere in the US.

Z. E. Accordino said...

What do they do with the bones afterward?

elnigma said...

Their vultures look like they could beat up USA's turkey vultures. cool vid

Tracy ~ The UnOfficial Witch of Ridgewood said...

I can appreciate the beauty of this ritual. It does give whole new meaning however, to letting your spirit soar!

petoskystone said...

sky burials make sense to me. quiet, efficient, sane, & compassionate to person & environment. i have yet to see any sense to internment, especially given restraints to living & crop space. the vultures are impressive birds!

Jason Miller, said...

I myself would LOVE sky burial and all the rites associated with it.

The Bones typically get made into dharma tools like the Kapala, Kangling, Damarus, Malas, etc.

Jason Miller, said...

I myself would LOVE sky burial and all the rites associated with it.

The Bones typically get made into dharma tools like the Kapala, Kangling, Damarus, Malas, etc.

Brother Christopher said...

wow, that's beautiful and terrifying all at once. Beautiful because of the scene, and the awesome of nature. Terrifying because those vultures are thorough. I think I would like to be buried in that way, or in a nice, bright funeral pyre. But that's just the scandinavian blood within me.

Tracy ~ The UnOfficial Witch of Ridgewood said...

For some, I think it may be shocking, but when you really think about it, how different is it from traditional burial. Unless one chooses above ground interment, eventually our bodies decompose and/or become a meal for other living things. We just don't witness it. This is so powerful and rich in it's symbolism.

Z. E. Accordino said...

Thanks for answering, Jason. I'm glad they do something special with the bones as well. Quite a beautiful ritual.

Justin said...

Holy cow (er, vulture), that is really amazing!

Ron said...

I don't think I want to become buzzard food but I would like to be cremated out in the ocean on a viking long boat.

Jhonn Barghest said...

I was giving it some thought on the way home from school today. I really dig this Sky Burial thing and I dig the idea of my body, in a sense, being flown away out of this world.

Pretty cool stuff!

Zeta said...

If given the choice I think I would choose to have this Sky Burial done as well. It just seems more serene, just and altogether beneficial than anything else that could happen to my remains.