When we arrived to stay in Ubud we were told by the villa manager that there was a special celebration to be held during our stay in the nearby village...a Hindu cremation ...the last of its kind was held 5 years ago! We were truly honoured to be asked to attend in all the times we have visited Bali we have never witnessed this 'celebration' take place.
A Balinese funeral or Ngaben is a Hindu ceremony where the cremation of the body returns the 5 elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether to their original residence. It is the last and most important rite in the cycle of a Balinese Hindu life. The bodies are not cremated immediately after death but buried and then retrieved a few days before the cremation. The remains are placed in the decorated sarcophagus and then carried by members of the village quite some distance to the cremation site. The ashes are then returned to the sea, the 'final purification'.
Such colour and chaos all at once...and oh so noisy! The gamelan orchestras were deafening at times and the cheering and laughter of the kids brought smiles to or faces...as did these beautiful ladies selling their 'wares'!
Thanks for stopping by x