Photo Essay: Death and Rebirth in the Canyon

By Kathleen Prophet

silent achings in the dark
body whispering
its lament
where do the women bleed?
skeletal silhouettes
dance in the sky
blackened canyon
glowing in the moonlight
to ashes we return

..."we commit her body to the ground... earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, in sure and certain hope of the resurrection..."

Ashes were called the seed of Agni, who was the consort of Destroying Kali. The god and/or his followers believe in rebirth from ashes.

And the phoenix rises from its own ashes...

In the most popular medieval version of the legend, the phoenix was supposed to live for several centuries and then build its own funeral pyre, light it with a burning twig, throw itself on the flames, burn up, and then arise newborn from the ashes.
'remember, woman, that thou are dust and unto dust thou shalt return'