Ceremony “pelebon” / ngaben Ida I Dewa Agung Istri Putra

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Ceremony “pelebon” / ngaben Ida I Dewa Agung Istri Putra

Photos by Ronald Piltzer

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Thousands of residents in Klungkung, Bali, to accompany the ceremony “pelebon” or cremation wife Ida I Dewa Agung Putra which is the consort of the last King of Klungkung Ida I Dewa Agung Oka Geg.

“This is the culmination of the procession ‘pretiwa’ (royal cremation rites) during the six months after his body was buried,” said pengelingsir (elders) Tjokorda Puri Agung Gede Agung Klungkung on Sunday 2014 June 29.

Thousands of residents not only from the local area but also people from outside Klungkung, such as Denpasar, Gianyar and Buleleng to witness one of the magnificent and rare ritual. The ritual of absorbing hundreds of foreign tourists who witnessed the rare event. Although the weather was quite hot it did not deter residents to accompany the magnificent procession.

“This is the first time I saw the procession for the dead. Moreover, it is a ritual of the royal family. I am very impressed and privileged could see straight, “said Natalie, tourist from New Zealand.

Procession peak ‘pretiwa’ it begins with a ritual performed by carrying the bodies of the royal family and relatives.  The body was then paraded around the intersection “Catus Pata” three times which is located not far from Puri Agung Klungkung and historical attractions Kertagosa. The body is then placed on top of “Bade” or Meru (where pengabenan bodies) with eleven high as 28 meters overlap.  At least 350 people carrying bade successive weighing about seven tons before the bodies undergo cremation procession in the local cemetery.  It took 7,000 people to alternately raised the bade along the way.

Source: suluhbali

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One thought on “Ceremony “pelebon” / ngaben Ida I Dewa Agung Istri Putra”

  1. Thank you for sharing my photos and for the credit for taking them…Due to heat prostration I could not make it to the cremation itself as I became very ill, but tried to capture the feeling of the day as best I could…very good article.

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