Sky Burials – Not as Ethereal as they Sound

by MSO

Those of us who have witnessed vultures at their meals of carrion, will realize that Sky Burials are not for the faint of heart or the queasy of stomach.

It’s great to feed the birds on a beautiful summer day, but could you imagine being bird feed yourself?

Yes, that’s right, you become bird feed in the Tibetan tradition of sky burial. Sky burial for those of you who don’t know, is a tradition in Tibet in which you leave the dead people out in the open to be eaten by vultures.

It is a tradition that has great religious meaning. Tibetans are encouraged to witness this ritual, to confront death openly. They believe that the corpse is nothing more than an empty vessel. The spirit, or soul, of the deceased has exited the body to be reincarnated into another circle of life.

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