7. Sky Burial – Tibet
From a Western point of view, it’s hard to imagine doing anything with a dead body other than burying or burning. When you live near an abundance of soft ground or firewood, this makes sense. But for Tibetans that was certainly not the case.
Living above the tree line on perma-frozen ground, Tibetans found other ways to dispose of their dead. Sky burial is an ancient process of stripping the body and leaving it on high ground for birds of prey to dispose of naturally. This may seem savage or horrific, but we really like the idea that when we’re done with our bodies they could become food for fearsome, incredible birds.
And if you’re brave enough to watch, good for you. But if we made it to a sky burial, we would probably have to cover our eyes.