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Buddhist Cremation for Earthquake Vic...
Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

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.

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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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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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Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

The ceremony begins with chanting as the fire is lit.

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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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Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Thame, Nepal
By Brice
30 Apr 2015

Everybody shares a moment of reverence, but without dramatization.

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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.

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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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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 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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Nepal Marks 60th Anniversary of first...
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
29 May 2013

Secretary of Ministry of Tourism Sushil Ghimire offers garlands to the statues of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on May 29, 2013 in Kathmandu. Nepal marked 60th anniversary of the first ascent on Mount Everest by organizing a special Mount Everest Golden Jubilee Celebration.

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Nepal Marks 60th Anniversary of first...
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
29 May 2013

Kancha Sherpa (left), the only survivor of 1953 Mount Everest expedition, and Kame Sherpa (right), who reached the summit three times in nine days in 2012, participate in the chariot procession organized in Kathmandu by the Nepal government in honor of them on May 29, 2013.

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Nepal Marks 60th Anniversary of first...
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
29 May 2013

Tashi Tenzing, grandson of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, offers garlands to Tenzing and Edmund Hillary’s statue in Kathmandu on May 29, 2013. Nepal marked 60th anniversary of the first ascent on Mount Everest by organizing a special Mount Everest Golden Jubilee Celebration.

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Nepal Marks 60th Anniversary of first...
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
29 May 2013

Phurba Tashi Sherpa who made his 21st Everest ascent in 2013 participates in the chariot procession organized in Kathmandu by the Nepal government on May 29, 2013.

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Nepal Marks 60th Anniversary of first...
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
29 May 2013

Kancha Sherpa (left), only survivor of 1953 Mount Everest expedition, Tashi Tenzing, grandson of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa (right), Amelia Rose Hillary, granddaughter of Edmund Hillary (right-second) and Hilary Carlile, niece of Edmund Hillary participate in the chariot procession organized in Kathmandu by the Nepal government on May 29, 2013.

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Nepal Marks 60th Anniversary of first...
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
29 May 2013

Kancha Sherpa (left), the only survivor of 1953 Mount Everest expedition participates in a program organized to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ascent on Mount Everest.

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Nepal Marks 60th Anniversary of first...
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
29 May 2013

Phurba Tashi Sherpa, who made his 21st Everest ascent in 2013, is awarded Mount Everest Diamond Jubilee Celebration Medal in Kathmandu on May 29, 2013 at a program organized by the government to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ascent on Mount Everest.

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Nepal Marks 60th Anniversary of first...
kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
29 May 2013

Kancha Sherpa, the only survivor of 1953 Mount Everest expedition, displays his letter of appreciation at a program organized to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ascent on Mount Everest.