Cremations in Bali

Cremation ceremony in Ubud, Bali, October 2010.

Cremations are an important part of Balinese culture. The soul of the deceased is sent off with numerous rituals and ceremonies. A procession brings the cremation tower and the animal-shaped coffin to the cremation grounds, where the body of the deceased is moved from the tower to the coffin.
The animal chosen for the coffin is representative of the caste of the deceased. After the necessary rituals have been performed, both the tower and the coffin are burned.
Cremations are happy community events.
They reflect the Balinese approach to life - embracing life and death, the physical and spirit world, light and darkness, as parts of a larger balanced whole.