Open-air cremation

Charles Cowling



Buddhist monks and devotees stand around a pyre during a high priest’s cremation ceremony at the Heain-sa temple in Hapcheon, South Korea, on Jan. 6, 2012. The ceremony, called Dabisik, was held for Ji-Kwan, a former head of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism.

The Dabisik ceremony signifies the return of the human body to nature. The casket is placed on a pyre constructed from wood, charcoal and thatched bags. After the body has burned, the bones are gathered from the ashes, crushed and ground up.

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9 years ago

May our Planet live long before she too goes this way; long enough to see her elder children’s pride and ignorance mature into respect, long enough to forgive them instead of wiping them angrily off her face, long enough to relax under their newly subtle footfall, long enough to die with grace in mourning for her loss of them to their old age; and may there be a caring hand to gather, crush and grind her bones, and cast them to the enfolding arms of the void.

Ru Callender
9 years ago

That’s what I’m talking about..

Jenny Uzzell
9 years ago

Wow! That is all.