Is Tibetan Sky burial influenced by the Zoroastrian Sky burial ?

Jul 2014
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In ancient and medieval TIbet Persia was known as the land of wealth and Tibetan nobility copied Persian clothes and drinking vessels. I wonder if they also copied the Zoroastrian way of sky burial.
I have posted some paintings of Tibetan empire period and we can clearly see Perian influence. What do you guys think?
 

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May 2009
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Sky burial always seemed like something rooted in shamanism to me. Exposure of the dead, except they adapted it to their environment and beliefs. But you could be right. I don't know the ancient origins of sky burial.
 
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Sky burial always seemed like something rooted in shamanism to me. Exposure of the dead, except they adapted it to their environment and beliefs. But you could be right. I don't know the ancient origins of sky burial.
I used to think that too but I have doubts since I came to know even the generic TIbetan Snow lion is a direct copy from Persia.
I wonder what else did we copy.
 

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Oct 2016
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Tibetan sky burial seems to have developed out of necessity ; cold hard earth that things dont decompose well in, a lack of wood for cremation and an easy method of excarnation , if you want to use the bones . It also considers the dead body as food to be dispersed and shared amongst nature . They dismember the body and place it on a rock on a hillside.

Zoroastrian sky burial seems to be done out of a desire not to pollute the earth, water or fire with a dead body, which s considered very impure . The body is not dismembered . It is laid on a stone platform or tower. The bones end up in a central ossuary pit .

Some postulate that necessity ( rocky ground, limited soil availability, limited wood supply, etc .) preceded the religious or environmental aspects perhaps because they both originally shared a similar area and that leads to further postulations about the extent or locations of Zoroastrian settlements .

Both Bon religion and Zoroastrianism share aspects of dualism and both have myths about an original homeland , in a mountainous region, that is beautiful and peaceful ; Shangri-la and Airyana Vaeja .

Some postulate that a large area of Zoroastrian settlement was close to Tibet

Aryan Homeland, Airyana Vaeja, Location. Aryans and Zoroastrianism.


The Pamirs ( the 'Roof of the Wold' ) are connected to the Tibetan Plateau

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It does seem impassable , in parts , but there are ways through passes that link deeper lower altitude fertile valleys .
 

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