Tibet passes law banning tourism to sky burials

Prayer flags at the base of Mount Everest, Tibet.

Prayer flags at the base of Mount Everest, Tibet. Image by Laura / CC BY-SA 2.0

Tibet has passed a law protecting its sacred sky burials for the first time. The traditional burial includes feeding a body to vultures as an offering of generosity, which Tibetans believe allows the soul to reach heaven. In recent years, some travel agencies have been criticised for bringing tourists to view the burials, despite a 2005 provisional ruling that banned sightseeing and photography at the events. The recent passing of an official bill additionally seeks to regulate ritual hosts and environmental protection issues surrounding the ancient tradition. Read more: wantchinatimes.com

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