Official: Cremation in Quake Zone in Line with Tibetan Custom


The cremation in Yushu quake zone is in accordance with Tibetan custom and tradition, said Gengyang, head of the Qinghai Bureau of Civil Affairs at the press conference.

Gengyang is a native Tibetan who is acquainted with Tibetan funeral methods. He said only people in high place and Living Buddhas are entitled to enjoy cremation ceremony.

He said the cremation is suggested by the family members of the dead, which doesn't break with Tibetan custom and tradition.

Religious ceremony was held during the cremation ceremony.

Gengyang said it was unpractical to hold celestial burial in quake zones as a great number of people died, so the cremation is the best solution.

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