Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A way to honor one's ancestors

One of the interesting things about Bhutan is the way ancestors are remembered. After someone dies, they are usually cremated. Not all of the body is consumed during cremation. The bits and pieces left over are gathered and pulverized, mixed with clay, and molded into these figurines, which are then painted and left in holy places in the mountains. Usually they are placed under rock overhangs to protect them from weathering.
Clay figures
This particular site is along the trail to Tiger's Nest, a monastery clinging to a cliff at 10,500 feet.

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