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Main street corner : Ngaben in Bali

one of many passing ngaben procession I've seen in Bali

Baliness is well-known to their obedience when it comes to religion and cultures. In almost every aspect of their lives, it's hard to distinguish which one is religion guidance and which one is cultural heritage. Their culture has been passed to from their ancestors to their predecessors, applied to their religion procession. And when it comes to those point, they're all out. The service for gods comes first than everything else. It is also known that Hindu believes in cremation. 

In Bali, the ceremony and whole procession of cremation known as ngaben. The corpse will
be put in a hand barrow, where some people would bring it to the cemetary, followed by the mass that escort the body to its resting place, before the cremation begun. When this ceremonial entourage pass the street, all the passers-by and vehicles will be stopped. We should wait until the last one pass, before we can continue our ride. If the ceremony is held on the main street, then the traffic will be diverted to other direction as the street is closed for the ceremony. This rule is applied to any kind exertion of cultural/religion procession.

7 comments:

  1. Alright... Beyond having me hooked on the beautifully written posts of your childhood, I'm definitely following along now just to learn about the fascinating cultures different to mine! Are you living there now or just visiting??

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  2. It's so cool that they show so much respect, stopping/diverting traffic and stuff. That is awesome!

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  3. I always have appreciated the tradition where people stop during funeral processions to show respect. This happens in smaller towns in the US and it's always so nice to witness people pulling over their cars.

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  4. It is so interesting to learn about your culture, Niken!
    I know from my hometown that the non-existing traffic (only 700 people live there) stops too for a funeral procession.
    Love the way your blog looks!

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  5. wow!! I would have never known that!

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  6. cant wait to see it all with my own eyes...
    top of my list. ;)

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  7. Wow, that's so interesting! thanks for sharing a bit about your culture! :)

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