Buddhist Cremation for Earthquake Victim in Nepal

Collection with 20 media items created by Brice

Nepal 30 Apr 2015 00:00

A victim of the Nepal earthquake is cremated in a traditional Bhuddist funeral ceremony in the village of Thame, in the Solukhumbu region, near Mount Everest on April 30, 2015.

Nepal Mount Everest Solukhumbu Bhuddist Monks Burial Ceremony Earthquake Himalaya Asia Victim

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Bhuddist funeral 01
Thame, Nepal
By Brice
26 Apr 2015

A Bhuddist monk from a nearby monastery, who lost his mother in the earthquake that hit Nepal.

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Bhuddist funeral 02
Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

The stretcher used by the villagers to carry the body of the deceased to the top of a hill near the village for the cremation ceremony.

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Bhuddist funeral 03
Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

For the cremation ceremony, the body is covered by a sheet and Khatas, traditional ceremonial scarves which symbolize purity and compassion.

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Bhuddist funeral 04
Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

The brother of the victim (foreground) helps set up the funeral pyre made of big logs of wood.

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Bhuddist funeral 05
Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

A candle is placed in the middle of the pyre as part of the prayer to the victim.

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Bhuddist funeral 06
Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

Bhuddist monks get ready to start the ceremony, preparing instruments and choosing prayers.

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Bhuddist funeral 07
Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

The body of the victim is brought to the pyre, hidden from view by a sheet.

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Bhuddist funeral 08
Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

In accordance with Buddhist custom, the corpse is not cremated laying flat, but instead is seated upright inside the wooden structure with its head up.

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Bhuddist funeral 09
Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

Villagers chop more wood in order to fully cover the corpse.

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Bhuddist funeral 10
Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

The ceremony begins with chanting as the fire is lit.

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Bhuddist funeral 11
Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

Devotional objects and offerings that will be thrown into the fire. Goodwill is created by these gifts and it is believed that goodwill helps the lingering spirit of the dead person.

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Bhuddist funeral 12
Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

The victim's brother blows a conch during the Buddhist chants.

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Bhuddist funeral 13
Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

The fire is controlled by pulling a sheet to keep the harsh wind from blowing too hard on it.

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Bhuddist funeral 14
Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

The fire is controlled by pulling a sheet to keep the harsh wind from blowing too hard on it.

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Bhuddist funeral 15
Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

The members of the village share rice liquor as the ceremony continues with more prayers and offerings thrown into the fire.

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Bhuddist funeral 16
Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

The fire burns more on the part facing the top of the hill, so, when it eventually crumbles, it will not roll down the hill.

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Bhuddist funeral 17
Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

The logs of the funeral pyre are pushed to the back to remain in place.

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Bhuddist funeral 18
Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

Everybody shares a moment of reverence, but without dramatization.

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Bhuddist funeral 20
Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

Portrait of monks attending the ceremony. The monks come with the family to the funeral. The family and all their friends give food and candles to the monks that will be used in the ceremony.