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Pedanda (Priest) blessing the offerings before beginning the cremation ritual.

Photo Essay | Ngaben . Balinese Cremation

Ngaben, also known as Pitra YadynaPelebon or cremation ceremony, is the Hindu funeral ritual of Bali, Indonesia. A Ngaben is performed, to release the soul of a dead person so that it can enter the upper realm where it can wait for it to be reborn or become liberated from the cycles of rebirths. 

The Balinese Hindu theology holds that there is a competition between evil residents of the lower realm to capture this soul, and a proper cremation enhances the chance that it may reach the upper realm.  (source Wikipedia)


Performers at the Gamelan

Gamelan ritual turtle instrument

Peyati canang (offering) part of the rituals

Attendants setting the offerings into the shrine

Village Women setting up the offerings in front of the house of the family

Gamelan performes.

Village Women with offerings in the back of a car coming from the Priest´s house.

Previous rituals, part of the Cremation ceremony.

Temporary ritual offering rack for the Cremation.

Men standing in the temporary stall made for the priest.

The Pedanda (priest) and his wife while the rituals.

A Balinese young boy in meditation posture.

Men in the temporary stall made for the priest.

Attendants checking their mobile phones while the ceremony. (a new world tradition invade Bali as well)

The family making rituals around an offering constructed specially for the cremation.

Traditional Balinese man from the back.

Group of village women chating and waiting on the side, during the rituals.

Group of village women chatting and waiting on the side, during the rituals.

Group of village women chatting, laughing and waiting on the side, during the rituals.

Group of village women with offerings in their heads.

Slippers left behind on the stairs at the entrance.

Group of village women with offerings in their heads heading toward the final cremation spot.

Family Rice fields view.

Villagers with the Wada (the cremation sarcophagus) heading toward the final cremation spot. In the front, village women with offerings in their heads lead the court.

Close up of the villagers with the Wada (the cremation sarcophagus) heading toward the final cremation spot. 

 

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