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sky burial

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A traditional Tibetan funeral practice in which the body of a dead person is exposed to the open air to be eaten by vultures.
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Noun1.sky burial - a traditional Tibetan funeral ritual in which the corpse is exposed to the open air to be eaten by sacred vultures
funeral - a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated; "hundreds of people attended his funeral"
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(2008).] [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] [The exploration of the cultural origin, rituals, and taboos in Tibetan sky burials. The Journal of Tibetan Studies.] (1988).
And while other animals, notably wild dogs, have taken over some of the carrion-eating on land, no scavengers can fill the role vultures once performed for the Parsis, the small, ancient religious sect who give their dead "sky burials" in sacred "Towers of Silence." The massive vultures, their wingspans sometimes reaching eight feet, used to consume the bodies left on open-air scaffolds in a matter of days, but now it can take months for the Parsi dead to decompose.
The author describes Tibetan life: sky burials and fire burials, the rites and rituals of Buddhist life in a secluded village high in the Himalayas.
I didn't think Tibetan Buddhism would give me answers, I just wanted to travel in a culture that was obsessed by the afterlife (or at least, in the West, we're very obsessed by their cults of death: the sky burials, the Tibetan book of the Dead).
Tibetans traditionally perform sky burials, which involve chopping a body into pieces and leaving it on a platform to be eaten by vultures.