Recycle that body (NSFW)

#3
The tibetean version of the RSPB are a bit keen aren't they? I thought I was a bird lover putting bags of nuts out in winter.
 
#4
I think they do this sort of think in South America too....

Particularly in the mountainous regions.

Saves precious arable land, basically the same as cremation, but needs less fuel.

In one version the vultures take the soul up to heaven or something, in the other the body is just seen as a empty jar, that a human spirit has departed.
 
#5
Since they are big on reincarnation in Tibet, this provides a good and efficient way of getting rid of the "shell" once you have passed on and become a.....vulture for instance.

If my relatives want to cart me off to the local bird of prey centre once I've kicked the bucket, crack on!
 

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#6
A very traditional practice amongst the Parsees (Zoroastrians) of India too. Whereby the dead deposited at the Towers of Silence to decompose and be eaten by the birds. Became a major health issue after a while, especially in the 70s when the vulture population fell dramatically due to the over use of DDT.

Freddy Mecury should have gone that way, would have been one of the better rock n roll funerals to say the least.

Mind you would probably been the first time a bird had ever noshed on him :D
 
#7
I bet the birds think that's the best thing since sliced.... human?

Scary - it looks like the North York Moors.
 

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#8
JoeCivvie said:
I bet the birds think that's the best thing since sliced.... human?

Scary - it looks like the North York Moors.
It is, that's me riding the moped. Me and Dave get rid of all the bodies this way.
 
#9
Ravers said:
JoeCivvie said:
I bet the birds think that's the best thing since sliced.... human?

Scary - it looks like the North York Moors.
It is, that's me riding the moped. Me and Dave get rid of all the bodies this way.
Ah-hah! I thought the Hairy Bikers had a manical look in their eye the other day.
 
#10
Fascinating, although looks rather ghoulish to most western eyes I imagine. Be interesting to know the time frame between pegging out and recovering the skeletal remains. :?
 
#11
Didn't they used to do a similar thing here up to the middle ages IIRC?
 
#12
Pretty cool, thats life innit. good to see the human skull is vulture proof and grey stuff needs removing with a tomohawk/2 pound club hammer

I'll remember that next time I peg out a victim
 
#13
That was amazing.

His mates/relatives/funeral director collect up the bones and ensure brain and marrow get turned into "white dielectric mass"(birdshit) as well. Using flour or chalk by the looks of it to minimise the splatter.

It is good to see such practices to realise how utterly strange all human culture is.

Saying that the third comment after the pics refers to girls with dog poo on the site...I do not need to see that, got enough on me lawn.
 
#14
Speedy said:
Didn't they used to do a similar thing here up to the middle ages IIRC?
Not the middle ages but during pre-roman times it was meant to be common. The Celtic beliefs were very much on a par with those of Northern India, only it was ravens that did the eating as these were the embodiment of The Morrighan.
 

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#15
I'm impressed. Beats feeding them to the piggies.
 
#16
I couldn't help noticing that the body appeared to be bound in the opening photos, was he dead, or had he transgressed against the unwritten rules? Mind you bungeeing that to your bike does give a certain amount of street cred, even round Brixton, allegdedly.
 
#17
I hope to hell they made sure he wasn't just a heavy sleeper.

Eminently sensible IMO, I'd like to be fed to pigs myself. Always liked pigs and not just in a roll with ketchup.
 
#19
Gubmint_Agent said:
Wow. Bet you won't see that on Eastenders when Dot Cotton snuffs it.
Maybe if the licence fee gets scrapped - gotta get those advertisers interested somehow.
 
#20
rampant said:
A very traditional practice amongst the Parsees (Zoroastrians) of India too. Whereby the dead deposited at the Towers of Silence to decompose and be eaten by the birds. Became a major health issue after a while, especially in the 70s when the vulture population fell dramatically due to the over use of DDT.

Freddy Mecury should have gone that way, would have been one of the better rock n roll funerals to say the least.

Mind you would probably been the first time a bird had ever noshed on him :D
My English teacher at High School was brought up in India, must have been in the 1920's - 30's.

She lived near one of the Zoroastrian "funeral" sites and said she once came across the hand of a child that a vulture had dropped in the garden of her home. She would have only been a child herself I should think.
 

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