Parsee tower of silence

Bloom thinks in Hades of several alternatives to interring dead bodies in coffins: "Cremation better. Priests dead against it. Devilling for the other firm. Wholesale burners and Dutch oven dealers. Time of the plague. Quicklime feverpits to eat them. Lethal chamber. Ashes to ashes. Or bury at sea. Where is that Parsee tower of silence? Eaten by birds. Earth, fire, water." Bloom may have learned of the "Parsee tower of silence" from a travelogue on his bookshelf, which contains the answer to his question "Where": Bombay. But his knowledge of the importance of "Earth, fire, water" suggests that he has read more widely on the topic. 

JH 2021

Photograph of one of the five towers of silence that existed in Bombay when Frederick Thompson visited. Source: In the Track of the Sun, p. 156.