The naked bodies of the two abused women, one dismembered to feed the vultures in a sky burial
, the other food for fish, are eloquent.
6 It is a ritual followed in Tibet in which a dead body is dragged up a mountain, chopped into pieces and offered to vultures in an act of kindness as they believe the birds are angel-like figures that take the souls to heaven.
The first case illustrates a "good death" of a terminally ill Tibetan survivor and how her sky burial
modeled a cosmology and spirituality of "celebrating death." The next 3 cases are stories of "celebrating life" with emerging themes of resilience, including receiving support from extended families, living life for a deceased, and finding happiness in helping others.
We performed sky burial
. Our women glossed their toenails with red lacquer.
Its title was borrowed from one of the included works, by Hermanides, from 2009, and refers to the Buddhist process of sky burial
, in which bodies are left exposed to the elements on a mountaintop to be consumed by scavengers.
Meanwhile Sky Burial
, by Susie Lundy, is a community processional project composed of 131 mixed-media wings that will be installed at homicide sites around Oakland.
These are buildings used for a process known as excarnation or sky burial
-- the removal of flesh from corpses by vultures and other birds.
"The researchers believe the culture they have uncovered carried with it the origins of the sky burial
practice of the Tibetan plateau," Republica quoted DAO as saying in its report.
Stoddard, on the other hand, argues that the practice of sky burial
is rooted in Zoroastrian beliefs and practices, transmitted to Tibet through neighboring Sogdiana during the Spu rgyal Empire.
I also read Sky Burial
by Xinran after hearing extracts on the radio and it moved me to tears, the story of a woman who never gave up searching for her lost husband.
The reason it's called a sky burial
is because the body is offered to the sky, in the form of being fed to vultures - putting humans back into the life cycle.
Someone had informed me that on this morning a Sky Burial
would take place.