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 […]
For several months now our village has been even busier than usual. There’s always something going on. Not long ago it was the bazzar. But preparations for the cremation ceremony that will happen on August 3 are all consuming. At 7.30 am the kul-kul sounds to rally the first shift of workers. At 1pm, the […]
Royal cremations are always spectacular, but the one held in Ubud today was also an historical event. The first non-Balinese ever to be accorded the honour was sent on her way to meet her ancestors.