Sir Edmund Hilary, the first westerner to climb mount Everest wanted to have half his ashes strewn on the top of the mountain. However the Buddhist lamas decided that having his cremated remains there might bring bad luck and create a precedent for similar ceremonies. So it was decided that the ashes should be interned at a monastery instead – few things…
Firstly, he recognised the symbolism in it and considered it a good dying wish!
Secondly, that not even he was allowed to spoil the karma at the very top of the mountain.
Lastly, he split his ashes in two (the other part to be scattered in the sea off New Zealand).