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NGABEN AGUNG - PURI AGUNG UBUD


For any Balinese people, when it comes to “business” their First Business is simply “The Religion Matters” and the Second Business is “The Traditional Matters”, only then come any other businesses such as carvings of any materials, tourism, agriculture etc.
 
 
 
There is only one place on earth, when it comes to religion matters, everything are quite literally put into a stand-still, including the air port, one of the main gate of the tourism industry of the country. During this day of Hari Raya Nyepi (The Day of Silence), people regardless Balinese or others are obligatorily asked to respect their religious momentum, to do things in, as silence as they possibly could, fasting, no lights and no activities except the religious activities. Tourists are allowed only to wander around limited in their hotel premises. Not a single soul can be seen on the street anywhere in Bali, except those Pecalang, or the Village Security.
 
 
In history, Bali was governed by many Kingdoms depending on the area, such as Ubud, Klungkung etc. However, after the independence, those Kings were no longer having any governing power of any kind, except as the living symbol and highly respected by the people of its   respective Kingdoms.
 
On July 15, a big Ngaben, one of the biggest since 1979, was held for Tjokorda Gede Agung Suyasa, who died around 3 months ago and also for the other family members of the Puri Agung of Ubud, who die long before him.
 
 
A massive 30 meters towers were built to transport the decease body into the Temple of Setra Dalam Puri Agung Ubud and a smaller one for the rest of the family member. An equally massive staircase was built to lower the decease body into the beautifully made altar, for the necessary ritual ceremony and the decease body is eventually put inside the massive Bull with glittering decorations for the final cremation. 
 
 
The massive and fully decorated Bulls basically is the symbolic vehicle to be used by the, once a King, to enter the next spiritual dimensions and a smaller one built for the family members.
 
The preparation for the procession started right after the King Died and the costs of the of the whole ceremony was estimated around Rp 5 Billion (US $ 550.000.-) The cost was not fully come from the King’s family’s pocket, but his obedient people were also chipped in and participate, either in form of money, foods, decoration items, man power etc.
 
 
The distance between The Palace of Puri Agung Ubud and the Temple is about 2 kilometers, along typically narrow Bali streets. The margin between the massive tower and the buildings along the street is only one meter in each side, therefore all trees have to be chopped off and all criss-crossing both, electrical and telephone wires will have to be taken off temporarily, so that the 11 tons massive tower can be carried into the Temple ground. Around 8.000 people from the various villages in the Ubud area, carried the tower alternately, every a few hundred meters, with around 350.000 to 400.000 spectators mingled in such as a small area.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The cremation episode was not finished after those painstakingly and expensively  have been built for months simply to be burned into ashes, right after the cremation ceremony was over, the ashes will have to be “larung” throw into the ocean with another equally complex ritual ceremonies. Ceremony after ceremony will have to be done in order to make sure that the “soul” is finally happy for what had been prepared and indeed done to him, if not, the ceremony will have to be continued until the “soul” signaling his or her happiness in the other spiritual dimension ……
 
 
Good bye and Rest In Peace Tjokorda Gede Agung Sutyasa …….


 
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