Sunday night marked the end of the 11th season of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. For the finale, the host, who died June 8, traveled to Bhutan with his friend, director Darren Aronofsky. The small, mostly Buddhist country in South Asia prides itself on being the originator of Gross National Happiness. As Bourdain and Aronofsky would learn, its way of life involves very little modernization.
The episode, which CNN’s Don Lemon introduced with a tribute to Bourdain, also showed some not-so-happy parts of Bhutan, including a rockslide blocking an already dangerous yet essential road and a beautiful forest that nobody enters because it’s allegedly haunted by demons.
Along with visiting a small town that honors the phallus everywhere, they tried a local delicacy: caterpillars that have been infected with a fungus and then fossilized. Yum?
The show ended with Bourdain and Aronofsky stopping at the Burning Lake, a spiritual area used for reflection and respected those that have passed. One of the final shots was of Bourdain leaving an offering among the throngs of prayer flags and statues others had placed before him.
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