Cremation is the most important ceremony in the Balinese life-cycle. It is a time for celebration, not sorrow, and is wonderfully colorful. It is also an extremely costly affair, and people will begin to save for their cremation from middle age. Even the poorest family has to spend about 1 million rupiahs, whilst wealthy families have been known to lavish hundreds of millions rupiahs. If there is not enough money saved, families may have to wait years- sometimes more than a decade before they can hold a cremation of a loved one, thus releasing his or her soul.
Rich people may be cremated soon after they have died, in which case the corpse simply lies in state in the family compound. If there is going to be a considerable time period before cremation, then the body is either buried or mummified first. When enough money has been accumulated, an auspicious day is chosen by the priest for the cremation.
For the Cremation itself, a large bamboo tower is built; its size and shape is dictated by the caste of the dead person. A wooden life-size bull (for men) or cow (for women) is sometimes carved.
On the morning of the cremation, friend and relatives are entertained by the family of the deceased and then the body is placed inside the bamboo tower. The village Kulkul (wooden Gong) is struck and the construction is carried in a noisy procession to the cremation ground by the banjar (village community member)
The cremation is the most impressive of the Balinese ceremonies, but it is not one where any respect is shown for the corpse.
Lila tour will provide sarong and sashes for everyone to wear as well as a traditional gift to give to the family of deceased during our visit.
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- Private touring
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