Bali-s Dramatic Cremation Ceremonies
The Balinese people are Hindu. But their version of Hinduism is unique to the world. Among their numerous religious ritiuals, festivals and ceremonies, their mass cremation ceremonies are probably the most dramatic.
Huge larger-than-life stautes of cows and other animals are built to serve as coffins for the deceased. On cremation day, dozens of men carry the huge floats along Bali's narrow roads, amidst much loud shouting and gamelan percussion music, to a local funeral temple. After all the elaborate coffin statues have arrived at the temple, they are burned en masse in an intense, dramatic display.