Tibetan Sky Burial

First Photo above: The body is prepared for "Sky Burial".

Second photo (below): The bones are crushed.

Third photo Below: Flour is added before fed to the onlookers, "the Vultures"

The following is a footage of the burial rites in Tibet. The people here practise a ritual known as Sky burial. It is the usual means for disposing of the dead. The corpse is offered to the vultures, known as Dakinis, the Tibetan equivalent of angels.

Some of the explanations i picked up:
1. The person who chops the body is known as tokden "realized one" or free of attachment.He is thouroughly professional. Family member do not do this job. It is neccessary to make pieces of bones and meat so that at nothing is left behind. All the remaining bones, including skull is crushed and mixed with baked barley" tsampa" and brain of the deceased and fed to the vultures at the end of the day

2. The Tokdens who perform sky burial are not necessarily monks. They do their job without repugnance and attachment.Most of them are lay pratitioners who have good knowledge of cho.Cho is a Budhist practice of offering ones body in prayer and visualization while alive, to help subdue ones ego and clinging. Accomplished Tokdens cut the corpse in Mandala style before he perform Cho to invite the vultures.

3. The person who took the video claims he heard an eerie singing voice (which can be heard at the beginning of the footage). There was no music added, according to him.

The video footage below:

1. Factsanddetails.com/china


patricia said...

para la mayoría de las personas esta práctica puede resultar muy chocante, sin embargo, yo creo que es una excelente manera de respetar las leyes naturales y contribuir al maravilloso equilibrio de la naturaleza. cada cultura posee sus propios ritos.

Anonymous said...

this is really something, imagine that this sort of rituals are still being practised till today

Mystique Earth said...

Hi again Pat,
Thanks for visiting.

Mystique Earth said...

Hi Mr Hans,
True. I did hear about this some time ago, only got to post it lately.

Take care.

the seventh waves said...

See Martin Scorcese's film "KUNDUN"..If I am not mistaken,followers of Zahurastra have a similar ritual

Mystique Earth said...

Thanks for the sharing 7th Waves.
Will check it out.

Alejandro Kreiner said...

Me ha impactado la primera foto en la que están descuartizando el cadáver.


Mystique Earth said...

Hola Patricia,
Usted tiene un punto allí. Cómo muy es verdad. Saludos.

Mystique Earth said...

Hola Alejandro,
Esto es de hecho absolutamente impactante la mayoría. Deliberaba casi 1 hora si fijar las imágenes gráficas o no. Era absolutamente en cuestión si puede ser que disturbe los espectadores.

Espero que estas imágenes que disturban le no ofenda.

TJ Lubrano said...

Hi there!!! Oooh I never heard of this. I find it a bit scary though. That singing did sound eerie tho!

How are you doing? Hope all is well ^_^!

Take care,

kamagra oral jelly said...

Holy crap! haha yeah this can be weird for many people, but for them is just something that they have to do, that were the ancient practice that tribs use to made, generally sacrifices for gods and stuff like that.

Mystique Earth said...

Hi Kamagra,
Thanks for droppin by. This practise has been going on for quite some time really. I was quite astonished when i learned about this practice that i felt compelled to share it here.

Sky Burial said...

Being left to rot in the ground isn't entirely useless because in the ground the body is also consumed. Ground burial is sometimes practiced in the case of disease... it's just not practical in Tibet.

Mystique Earth said...

Hi @ Sky Burial,
The Hindus, Chinese commonly practice both cremation & ground burial. Though, the most common choice amongst the two is cremation.

As for the Tibetan burial, i thought the only burial practice was sky burial. Never knew about the ground burial options.

Thanks for sharing this here.

Mystique Earth said...

Hi buy viagra,
As we are aware, no one is perfect. Each one of us have some shortcomings or imperfections.

The same goes for religion. If we look close enough, it is not surprising that every religion or culture has something that can be questioned. At the same time, there are also good things to admire.

Let's look at the bright side of everything and cherish, ya?


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