If you have a plan to come to Bali for a vacation please come during June-August due to the best season in Bali with temperatur around 20-22 along day. Beside that you can also see a special ceremony is called Cremation ceremony is conducted every year.
The Cremation ceremony is one of the most important ceremony and a very joyous occasion for Balinese on the island based on Hinduism. Dompet or latter every Balinese is cremated. A cremation is very costly. There are so many offerings involved: a cremation tower has to be built, sarchophagus in the form of a lembu, bull, singa and gajah mina has to be carved. Also the hundreds of people who come to help have to be entertained with foods, cigaretes and other things.
The tower is a means to carry the body to the cemetery and the sarcophagus is where the corpse is burned. They are not really an essential part of any cremation and a cramation can do without them. But because of the vanity of man everyone tries to make of his cremation a spectacular show by building splendid towers and sarcophaguses.
But the tower is also status symbol as is the sarcophagus. The status symbol is in the number of tiers a tower can have. The number of tiers of the tower is always odd, i.e. 3, 5, 7, 9 or 11. Eleven is the highest number. Kings and their family and members of the Brahmin caste are entitled to a tower of 11 tiers. Kstriyas can have a tower of 9 tiers, Weisya of 7 and Sudras of 5. A Lembu or bull is for kings and their family and the Brahmin caste. Ksatruyas are burned in a Singa or lion and Weisya have the same sarcophagus as the Ksatriyas and the Sudras have the Gajah Mina. Because of the tower and the sarcophagus being a status symbol a cremation is very seldom wihtout them.
If a poor man dies his body is buried first and after many years, after the family has saved enough money for a cremation, his body will be cremated. If a priest dies, because he is a holly man, he is not allowed to be burned, even if the family of the priest is poor. His corpse must be cremated. From the time he dies until the day of his cremation his body is kept in the home. This also happens to the dead of royal famiy. The body of the dead king is kept in the home not because he is holy, but because of prestige. The people do not think it right for a king to be burned first and cremated later.
Keeping a body in the home is a very costly affair, because every day new offering for the dead king have to be made and there must be a few people who keep watch day and night and see nothing undersirable happens to the king.
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