The Ngaben (cremation rite) is a sacred right of passage in Bali. The Hindu-Balinese believe the body is impure, a temporary shell, having no significance at all, except as a container of the soul and its anchor to the earth. All thoughts at the time of death are concentrated upon the spirit and its passage to heaven. The body is just there to be disposed of, and, instead of grieving, the Balinese prefer to throw a great celebration, in the process hastening their dead friend’s soul to oneness with god.
Every 3 years, Tampaksiring village held a General Cremation rite also known as Ngaben Masal, this rite was held for the death who has been in grave. This year, more than 200 corpse were cremated, and the ceremony was massive… Lets take a look at some of my shot a took on August ,11th 2012 of the Cremation in Tampaksiring.