Tibet-5782 - Way of Life and Death
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I stopped at this spot with all the prayer flags and white scarfs where I saw incense was still burning. A death ceremony probably took place there in the morning. Bodies are cut up and put in the river for the fish to eat – it is giving back to the earth.
The water burial is mainly for the poor, dead of disease and children, etc. On the other hand, in the marginal areas of the Tibetan culture, especially at the deep valleys in Southern Tibet where there are few vultures available, water burial becomes the main way for the local people.
Prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread good will and compassion into all pervading space. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all.
The White Scarfs (Khata) is a regular part of the life of a Tibetan, starting from his birth until his death and even those instances in between. This is also a good sign in recognizing the respect or love of one individual for another.