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This image was taken on a bright day. The sky had lost a little colour. The image was scanned and colours were adjusted to decrease the blue channel. Gamma levels were reduced slightly and brightness increased slightly, then the image was sharpened a notch.

I think this is actually the sky burial site, which is located near the Sera monastery that lays at the foot of these hills. It is located approximately 4km North of Lhasa in Tibet. Sky burials became popular in Tibet during the 1500s. The deceased person's body was prepared by firstly being cut into pieces and then it was laid out for the birds to eat. The idea was that the spirit of the deceased was taken soaring high into the sky, literally.

The scene of a sky burial is very well depicted in the film '7 years in Tibet' and is a rather gruesome way of conducting a funeral. It is a practice within both Tibetan Buddhism and Zoroastrianism, which began through the prophet Zoroaster (in Greek) and is the religion that preceded islam in the areas of Iran, Afganistan and Turkmenistan.

There are many dwellings within Tibet, that appear not be accessible by any track or road, hidden amongst rocky outcrops.

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