Bert Vierstra writes:
One of the most spectacular ceremonies in Bali is probably the cremation ceremony. In Balinese this ceremony is called Ngaben. Ofcourse, like any ceremony in Bali, the cremation ceremony's size and spectacle depends on the importance of the deceased, and the money spend. While the poorest of the Balinese are buried, and finally cremated in group cremations, the people with some more money to spend are cremated right away. One thing is for sure, the body needs to be burned to set the soul free from worldly ties, and to start a new life in a world that is supposed to be as beautiful as Bali itself.
When the body of the deceased is carried to the place where the cremation is to take place, the often very beautiful and colorful temple-like structure called Wadah with the body is shaken and turned by the people carrying it, to make sure the soul doesn't find its way back home.
I panographed this, relative simple, cremation on Sanur Beach. During the cremation I heard people say, that the deceased was 61 years old, and died because of stress.
Senin, 19 Januari 2009
Bert Vierstra writes:
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Selasa, 11 November 2008
The cycling stage of the trek begins at Bambang Biaung. Participants will provide a helmet, gloves, and mineral water.There will also be a safety briefing at this point. The group will pass through the village observing of coffee, cloves, papaya, bananas, etc. From the village participants continue to Iseh village where farmers will be observed working, tending to their rice and vegetable (including chili, onion and peanuts) harvest. On the way to Sukahet the Group will be stopped at art and cultural school in Sidemen, traditional (endek) cloth making, traditional Arak processing.
On their arrival the participants will be provide a cool towel and flower petals and local villagers accompany the participants walking through the tropical fruit plantation. After the walk a welcome cocktail (young coconut) will be served at Sukun Garden, and then participants will watch local people demonstrate a range of daily Balinese activities such as rice processing in the traditional manner, making offerings and preparing Balinese food and cakes, rindik players, activities at traditional kitchen, Arak Processing, and Ironsmith Activities. Participants may join in the activities, or simply sample the fare while chatting to the local people. Panyembrama dance will welcomed the Guests before serving lunch. Procession of Balinese food with 'dulang' . After lunch participants will be attract with the performance of a Wayang Puppet Show. Whilst departing the plantation the guests will be given a standing farewell by the villagers consists one bottle Arak for each couples.
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Jumat, 28 September 2007
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Kamis, 27 September 2007
Balinese Religion is based on respect for and worship of God and ancestor. It is believed that after death, the body must be dissolved and returned to its original elements. Ngaben, the Balinese word for cremation is a purification rite which frees the spirit from its temporary earthly house and facilitates its journey to its next existence.
The Lembu where the body placed and cremated.
It is a custom and part of a tradition in Bali when someone dies, the whole villager (where one was lives) will help with the preparation for the cremation. The dead body is laid out in a special part of the house to be bathed and prepared. The night before the cremation, holy water will be collected from some main temple and used in preparation of the body and during the cremation. The entire villager (but especially for family and relatives) will participate on the day of the cremation ceremony. Before the body cremated at the cemetary, it will be placed into a wadah, after at the cemetary, and then they body of the deceased is placed inside a coffin which is then placed inside a form of a lembu (cow) which believes to be the vehicle of the spirits, made of paper and light wood. It will be carried to the village cremation site (usually in the village cemetery) in a procession. The ultimate procession is to burn the Wadah, using fire from a holy source.
When all the procession has done the ashes are placed in the sea, and it is the final separation of the soul from the body.
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