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Sky Burial in Tibet
« on: May 04, 2011, 05:22:21 PM »

Sky burial was once a common funerary practice in Tibet where a human corpse is cut in specific locations and placed on a mountaintop,
exposing it to the elements of nature and animals, especially vultures.

To Tibetans, many of whom adhere to Buddhism, their belief is in the rebirth of  soul. Therefore to them, there is no need to preserve the body, as it is now an empty vessel.

Sky burial is considered an act of generosity on the part of the deceased, since the deceased and the surviving relatives are providing food to sustain living beings.
Generosity and compassion for all beings are important virtues in Buddhism.

While Communist China outlawed this practice in the 1960s, it was legalized again in the 1980s and is still being practiced today.

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