Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Final Farewell

A member of Ubud’s Royal Family is cremated during his funeral in Ubud, Bali. Funerals in Bali are raucous affairs. More like a street party than a funeral. Think New Orleans Mardi Gras parade combined with a New Orleans jazz funeral. Only with gamelan music and really hot fire. 
It’s an amazing spectacle. The deceased is paraded through town atop a tall tower while bands play. At the cemetery, the body is moved from the tower to a funerary bull, made especially for the occasion. Offerings are put into the bull with the deceased and the whole thing is set alight. The whole time music plays and vendors walk through the crowd selling drinks and sarongs (for those who want to dress respectfully). It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. 
There are more photo from the cremation in my PhotoShelter archive and available from ZUMA Press