Ceremonies Bali Style

I had heard that an eccentricity of Bali was the abundance of local ceremonies that spilled over into the street; seemingly spontaneous, apparently oblivious to the day-to-day routine. It didn’t take long until I came across one. This was the final episode of a days-long cremation. Actually, days-long may be a little short. When folks die in Bali, their bodies are kept awaiting until a propitious date for cremation is set by the local holy man. This day can be months or even a year after death.

Here, the group gathers around the holy man and takes up audience in the parking lane of a very busy street. There is a perfectly good pavilion and some open temple grounds just a few meters away from this location that would have been much safer, but…



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