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A Sky Burial in Tibet

February 24th, 2017 by
Dingri Women Tibet
The body, carried by the Tibetans up the hill from the monastery, is wrapped in white cloth and tightly tied.  I follow this bundle, walking with my two companions in the crisp, clear, early morning air. We walk up along the kora, or pilgrimage path, which is lined with prayer flags, to the funeral site.  The top of the hill is not far; but at an altitude of more than 15,000 feet, we pace ourselves, breathing deeply.  Each of us wonders about the ceremony we will witness, a rite whose viewing is usually forbidden to tourists who travel to Tibet. The family in whose footsteps we are presently walking, however, has invited us. A Reason for a Tibet Ritual I have heard of sky burial. It’s a necessity in this very high land, where there is insufficient wood for cremation and burial is impossible in earth frozen for most of the year.  This monastery, Drigung, is one of the two most auspicious sites in Tibet for future reincarnation.  To the Tibetans, a rainbow to Sitavana in India, near Bodhgaya, binds the monastery with a rainbow  to the site where Buddha attained enlightenment.  Sitavana is the most famous of the eight […]