Ngaben – The Balinese cremation ceremony

Did you know ? the Balinese cremation ceremony ( ngaben ) has primarily been known in the West as either a major tourist attraction that dazzles visitors with uniquely, vibrantly, majestically, and artistically. No wonder that a ngaben ceremony in Bali always attracts tourists to observe directly this one and only unique procession in the world.

ngabenis the ritual performed in Bali to send the deceased to the next life. The body of the deceased will be placed as if sleeping, and the family will continue to treat the deceased as sleeping. No tears are shed, because the deceased is only temporarily not present and will reincarnate or find his final rest in Moksha (freeing from the reincarnation and death cycle).

The climax of Ngaben is the burning of the Wadah, using fire originating from a holy source. The deceased is sent to his afterlife, to be reincarnated in the future.

Every Balinese family has the responsibility to ensure that a proper ngaben takes place if a family member dies. If this does not happen this will have severe consequences for the deceased and his/her family.

The preparations for these people are always the best one can have, as the best priest is called upon, the holiest water is used and the most appropriate date is chosen for the cremation. Unlike the funeral, the ngaben is a joyful occasion as the soul of the deceased is now ready to continue its journey to heaven followed by reincarnation.

First, body will be bathed in front of pengijeng accompanied by family and pemangku (ritual leaders). Then the body will be brought to the Wadah (a building form that will be carried to the graveyard). Local people or banjar will help paraded to be brought to the graveyard. Previously, Lembu (symbolic embodiment of an black ox) paraded prior to the graveyard accompanied by baleganjur. After Lembu arrive at graveyard, Wadah will be brought to the graveyard. Then the bodies will be fed into The Lembu by means of the ceremony. After going through the ritual with appropriate of Pemangku at 12, the Lembu will be burned.

Combustion ash will be taken and put into a coconut. The next ceremony will be led by a Pedanda (Hinduism Pastor) accompanied by Balinese traditional music, that is Angklung. In this ritual will be accompanied by a ceremony praying together. After that, the combustion ash will be brought to shore accompanied by Angklung. On the beach, Pemangku will perform the ritual before disposal. Using Jukung (Balinese boats without machine), combustion ash discharged into the sea.

Article source: Bali Around

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Kathys Bradys Eulogy

Susan Hawker : I am doing her Eulogy today and I would like to pass on my thanks to all at the Mandira. I have not had time to fill in the feedback but would you pass this on for me please. I think this says it all.Sue

That woman is a success who has lived well, who has gained the respect of men and woman and the love of children; who has filled her niche and accomplished her task, who leaves the world better than she found it, who has never lacked appreciation of earths beauty or failed to express it; who always looked for the best in others and always gave the best she could.

Kathy was a very loyal friend to me and to many others. I especially admired her strength of character in being there for her parents in their last years. She gave back to them what they had given to her. This was Kathy

She loved our time in Bali and especially staying at the Mandira. She enjoyed the lounge upstairs which overlooked the ocean and for Kathy it was just a lovely space to be.
Not long before her Mums passing Kathy arrived in Bali and she was like a zombie.

She was caring for her Mum, work was really busy and she could hardly move or talk. All she wanted to do was stay up in that lounge at the Mandira and she did this for three days, reading, sleeping and enjoyed all the benefits that went being long time guests . When she had decided enough rest she was sitting on the edge of the pool reading her book with Kerrie and I chatting when we looked up just in time to see Kathys book go into the pool as she had dozed off sitting up She had not quiet recovered her energy. We were always comfortable in each others presence and allowed each other to just be. We had our bucket lists and for Kathy horse riding and riding a motor bike were on her list and she did this in Bali.

I was in Bali when Kathy passed and the staff at the Mandira were in total shock as we had been there in Febuary. They talked about Mum Kathy with so much love and affection.They had so much respect for Mum Kathy

Kathy lived life simply with no pretension. She loved her Family and Friends. She gave encouragement and support to us all.

Kathy was a gentle woman who lived with grace and dignity and her spirit will live in you and me.

Daily life in Bali Mandira