Sky burial is a ritual that has great religious meaning. Tibetans are encouraged to witness this ritual, to confront death openly and to feel the impermanence of life. They believe that the corpse is nothing more than an empty vessel. The spirit, or the soul, of the deceased has exited the body to be reincarnated into another circle of life. The corpse is offered to the vultures.
It is believed that the vultures are Dakinis. Dakinis are the Tibetan equivalent of angels. In Tibetan, Dakini means “sky dancer”. Dakinis will take the soul into the heavens, which is understood to be a windy place where souls await reincarnation into their next lives.
Western cultures have the most bleak and boring interpretations of life and death.
In the West, it’s more profitable if you’re afraid and remain addicted to being alive and youthful. We need to stop ignoring this cycle as a culture and be honest with ourselves.
i want to be given back to the earth like this