Grief Tourism

Travel to areas affected by natural disasters, places where people were murdered, etc.

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Description of a sky burial

26th June 2012

If memory serves, our first post on this site was an article by Sharon Slayton about Thanatourism and sky burials in Tibet. Recently I came across a description of a sky burial by Chinese author, Ma Jian, as cited by Troy Parfitt in Why China Will Never Rule the World. Be warned – this is […]

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Difficult definition: what is thanatourism?

1st April 2007

Thanatourism is a difficult word to define because it is rarely used. So when we do use it, what exactly do we mean? The most accepted scholar is probably A.V. Seaton. In his 1996 article, From Thanatopsis to Thanatourism: Guided by the Dark, Seaton argues that thanatourism is dependent on the traveller’s frame of mind. […]

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Thanatourism: Sky burials in Tibet

3rd September 2006

Thanatourism is derived from the Ancient Greek word thanatos in mythology, for the personification of death. ¬†Thanatourism is an extreme form of grief tourism that involves the dark contemplation of death at the time of its occurrence. ¬†Every religion has a different approach to death and in the mountains of Tibet, there is (from the […]

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