The cremation ceremony or Ngaben ceremony from Bali, Indonesia is well known as the most beautiful death ceremony in the world. Ngaben is a death ceremony consisting of various series of complex activities that have meaning as the beginning of life not the end of human life.
The Balinese are now the only people in Indonesia who still carry out the burning ceremony as a means of delivering the dead. The family realizes the importance of doing the right job for the dead in order to help the soul acquire a pleasant state.
The order of Ngaben ceremony is arranged around the journey of the soul which must pass through the “middle world” of the universe, the world of human life to go to the “upper world” of the gods and ancestors. There are various ways of ceremonies that carried out in different societies.
Usually, two or three days before the ceremony, the wandering soul is called back to his body and repeatedly bathed and cleaned by his family. The spiritual peak is at night before its
The next day, the burning flames will restore the dead body. In the afternoons, the dead statue contains cold ash is carried in a procession to the sea or river to thrown the ashes.
Ngaben day is usually a celebration for the rich family. They will serve a luxurious banquet for guests and hold a series of ceremonies equipment such as a beautiful tower that will bring the body to the cremation place. Furthermore, it is held the process of purification of the soul months or years after the cremation. The sequence event in Ngaben ceremony:
- Ngulapin. The ceremony to summon the dead soul.
- Nyiramin/Ngemandusin. Bathing and cleansing ceremony.
- Ngajum Kajang. The ceremony that designated for the stability of the abandoned family, taking off for the dead person journey to the next realm.
Ngaskara. A purification ceremony. Mameras. Ceremony to guide the roads and good karma for those who already have grandchildren.
- Papegatan. A ceremony is aimed to break the worldly relationships that would block the journey of the spirit.
- Pakiriman Ngutang. The ceremony of carrying the corpse and all the ceremonial gear to the cemetery.
Ngeseng. A corpse burning ceremony or cremation.
- Nganyud. The ceremony for wash away the ashes into the sea or river.
Makelud. A ceremony to cleanse and restore the family environment from sadness after the death.
Ngaben ceremony from Bali, Indonesia is well known as the most beautiful death ceremony in the world that consists of various complex activities.