Cremation in Ubud

The village farewelled 29 of its own last Thursday in the usual spectacular fashion of ngaben ceremonies. Preparations had been going on for a month and nobody slept the night before as the Pedanda (High Priest) led prayers and chanting throughout the early hours for the safe journey of the souls of the departed. It […]

Odalan. Again.

Yesterday we were invited to another Odalan, the birthday of a temple. With (I think) seven temples in our village and each one celebrating an Odalan once every Balinese year (210 days), these ceremonies are not uncommon. Multiply by all the village temples on the island plus all the household ones, and an Odalan can […]