Tibetans

Vultures come from skies over ethnic Tibetans gathering for a sky burial near the Larung valley located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province...Vultures come from skies over ethnic Tibetans gathering for a sky burial near the Larung valley located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 31, 2015. In early afternoons, on a hill near famous Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, relatives and onlookers gather for sky burials in which bodies of deceased people are offered to vultures to prey upon it. Such burials are practiced by some Tibetans and Mongolian in China as an extreme type of Buddhist's "self-sacrifice almsgiving". It is believed that feeding vultures with decomposed corpse of relatives on top of a mountain is a respectful to pay tribute to their passed-away beloved ones. Picture taken October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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Vultures fly, as ethnic Tibetans gather for a sky burial near the Larung valley, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province. Relatives and onlookers gather for sky burials in which bodies of deceased people are offered to vultures. Such burials are practiced by some Tibetans and Mongolian in China as an extreme type of Buddhist’s “self-sacrifice almsgiving”. It is believed that feeding vultures with decomposed corpse of relatives on top of a mountain is a respectful to pay tribute to their passed-away beloved ones. 

An exiled Tibetan Buddhist monk carries a portrait of spiritual leader the Dalai Lama during a candlelit protest gathering in Dharmsala, India, Thursday, April 25, 2013. Reports say three Tibetans have died after setting themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule in a western region where authorities have imposed a heavy security presence. More than 100 Tibetans have self-immolated since 2011 to protest Chinese policies in the region and call for the return of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, from exile.

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An exiled Tibetan Buddhist monk carries a portrait of spiritual leader the Dalai Lama during a candlelit protest gathering in Dharmsala, India on Thursday. Reports say three Tibetans have died after setting themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule in a western region where authorities have imposed a heavy security presence. More than 100 Tibetans have self-immolated since 2011 to protest Chinese policies in the region and call for the return of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, from exile.