Sky Burial

Ellen Bruno. 2005. United States of America. vo Tibetan. s English, Spanish. 12’

One of the funeral rites commonly practiced in Tibet is the Sky Burial, an ancient tradition that reveals a profound respect for nature and understanding of life. The Sky Burial ritual is known "jha-tor", which means the giving of alms to birds. The bodies of the dead are offered to vultures in a gesture of kindness towards living beings... a final act of generosity. We witness this funeral ritual from the Drigung Monastery in northern Tibet. To the Tibetans, merging with the sky after death is a holy event that replaces the sufferings of this world with peace.