Traditional Cremation and Funeral in Bali
21 images Created 29 Apr 2010
Balinese are Hindus and cremate their dead. Balinese funerals are elaborate - and expensive - affairs. A funeral for one person costs a minimum of 45 million rupiah (about $5,000 US). The body is placed into the bull's body at the cremation and cremated in the bull. The funeral pyre is burnt adjacent to the bull. That is what a family may earn in two to three years. The result is that only the rich can afford formal cremations. The body (in the casket) is placed in the top of the funeral pyre and the procession takes the body to the cremation site. The funeral pyre, and the body, are spun at intersections to confuse the spirits so the soul doesn't try to return to its home and to confuse evil spirits.