Sky burial ‑ Tibet
This Tibetan funeral practise involves placing the deceased’s body on a mountaintop to decompose and leaving it exposed “to the elements” and to be eaten by scavenging animals.
This excarnation practice is common in the Chinese provinces and autonomous regions of Tibet, Qinghai, Sichuan and Inner Mongolia and Mongolia.
The body is taken to the sky burial site by villagers by horse or car, and the master of the sky burial ceremony will then perform rituals over the body.
Once birds have circled over the site, the burial master will chop the body into small pieces for the birds to feast upon. It is a good sign if the entire body is consumed.
A cigarette in the lips ‑ Philippines
In the Philippines, the Tinguians dress up their deceased in their best outfit and sit the body in a chair.
The body will remain there for several weeks, often with a lit cigarette placed between the lips.
Corpses are buried sitting up and to prevent “ghosts from roaming” women have their hands tied to their feet.