Sky burial or ritual dissection is a practice common in Tibet. A priest cuts the human corpse into small pieces and then places it on top of a mountain, exposing it ritually - especially to birds of prey. Sky burial was also common in some American Indian cultures, and in older Zoroastrian practices.
In one account, the leading rogyapa cut off the limbs and hacked the body into pieces, handing each part to his assistants, who used rocks to pound the flesh and bones together to a pulp, which they mixed with tsampa (barley flour with tea and yak butter or milk) before the vultures were summoned to eat.
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