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Sky burial or ritual dissection was once a common funerary practice in Tibet wherein a human corpse is cut in specific locations and placed on a mountaintop, exposing it to the elements or the mahabhuta and animals – especially to birds of prey. The location of the sky burial preparation and place of execution are understood in the Vajrayana traditions as charnel grounds. In Tibet the practice is known as jhator, "giving alms to the birds." The majority of Tibetans adhere to Buddhism, which teaches rebirth. There is no need to preserve the body, as it is now an empty vessel. Birds may eat it, or nature may let it decompose. So the function of the sky burial is simply the disposal of the remains. In much of Tibet the ground is too hard and rocky to dig a grave, and with fuel and timber scarce, a sky burial is often more practical than cremation. Burial grounds are a neat concept. So the family and friends come to gather after the axe man cuts up the body. The clothing and other posessions are brought to the grounds so the spirit feels most comfortable. The disembowled, dismembered body is cut like this so the spirit can be released most quickly. Birds, vultures eat a hefty amount, dogs take a smaller part of the body. This is not something for tourist to pay to see but in some places this happens. Better practice is to see it on youtube.