The blog world easily seeps out into the real world.
Leo had a post up about bawas, his pal and some pictures this woman took in the tower of silence.
(For the uninitiated, when a Parsi dies, they’re taken to this hill-top in Mumbai where there’s a deep limestone well (The Tower). The flesh is eaten by vultures while the bones are meant to dissolve in the limestone/acid/solar panels.)
Then somehow over lunch this developed into a massive debate. My mother being semi-catholic is very anti-Tower of Silence. Being a semi-parsi I find the idea of the garden on the hill facing the sea, the Tower of Silence with the circling vultures, the rites and rituals, the rotting corpse, all highly romantic. So I’m obviously very pro-Tower of Silence
Besides, the idea of bits of my body flying around and landing on the Godrej building balconies and pissing off those bastard cunt residents who built high over OUR holy site so shamelessly (who also have a sea view and probably earn way too much), gives me a lot of mental satisfaction. They fucking deserve it.
I was hugely disappointed when my great-grandmother was cremated thanks to her Americanized idiot son, Sonny Uncle. My Great Gran was a real whale of a woman, so to be fair even the most ambitious, ravenous vulture would have been daunted.
I told my mother gross pictures or not, I’m having it written in my will and witnessed that when I go, I go to the bagh.
My dad suggested I talk to Vera about going sometime in the day.
“No no, I meant when I GO!”
“Oh! Ha ha I thought you meant for a visit.”
said my dopey father
“But did you even see the pictures? They were rotting bodies! It’s so gross!! It’s inhumane!”
cried the catholic in denial (Mother)
“Inhumane? How can it be inhumane?? They’re dead! Besides what did you think happened to a corpse? What happens in a coffin? Do you think the bodies decompose in a beautiful religious way while their skin glows and an angel flaps down to take them to heaven? If anything in an airtight coffin a body can decompose over years!”
I argued brilliantly
Anyway this is my point
1. What did they honestly think happens to a corpse when it decays?
Does everyone have an idealized view of what happens? A body can only decay so fast. There is a reason people are forbidden to go to that area of the Tower of Silence. It’s not disrespectful, it simply shatters their religious faith (as my father pointed out)
2. Much more importantly, what really is the problem here, (that everyone seems to side step) is that if this woman went to a church graveyard, bribed someone to dig up a coffin and then published photos of the decaying corpse, she would be taken to court for grave robbery straight away. The decaying corpse would be a side issue entirely.
The real issue here is her breaking the rules for the own convenience, bribing the attendants, clearly violating the privacy of the bagh, violating not only the dead by publishing those photos but also the memory of the living and then was outraged herself??
That’s the real issue here. Not the fact that the vultures are dying, not that a body might take a long time to decay. Any other religion and she’d have the pants sued off her or better yet have a good ol’ fashioned fatwah on her head.
This woman needs to be taken to court. Her actions should not be condoned. Otherwise why stop there? Why not start digging up grave yards, mock the Hindu burial rites, giggle at the Muslims? (Well don’t do the latter, it’ll get you killer but you get the gist)
So, I want to know, who the hell is taking this law breaking, grave robbing bitch to court?