Get to know the Ngaben Tradition, the Balinese Traditional Corpse Burning Process. Yes, Ngaben is a cremation procession of people who have died in Bali, specifically in Indonesia. As a predominantly Hindu religion on the island of Bali. Cremation is an absolute necessity for Hindu religious beliefs.
And in Bali, this procession is known as Ngaben. According to Hindu beliefs in Bali, the Ngaben tradition aims to release the souls of people who have died. So that you can be reborn or reincarnated. The Ngaben process is considered very long, complicated and expensive.
The family of the deceased must prepare funds to make expensive ogahs. Ogah – ogah is a tool or vehicle used by corpses to get to the burning place. Then also prepare an elaborate funeral procession. The tools to prepare are:
1. Pepaga: a bale made of bamboo with a mat used for bathing the body of the recently deceased.
2. Wadah: A place to burn the body, it can be shaped in various shapes such as a temple or a buffalo
3. Tatindih: silk cloth used to cover a corpse
4. Palangungan: white cloth or mat to cover the body
5. Tragtag: wooden ladder to raise the body to the burning place.
Once the tools are ready. and reluctantly it has been completed. The body will be placed in the ogah – ogah for wine. around the road leading to the cremation ground. The residents were very enthusiastic to accompany the body.
This procession is also an attraction for foreign tourists. tourists were on the streets to watch the procession of drying reluctantly to the final place. The culmination is the burning of the body, followed by the process of washing the body’s ashes into the sea. This tradition can also cost a lot of money.