• Short Summary

    THE EMBALMED BODY OF THE LAST KING OF INDONESIA'S FABLE ISLAND OF BALI, KING IDA DEWA AGUNG OKA GET, WHO DIED MORE THAN A YEAR AGO HAS NOW BEEN CREMATED.

  • Description

    THE EMBALMED BODY OF THE LAST KING OF INDONESIA'S FABLE ISLAND OF BALI, KING IDA DEWA AGUNG OKA GET, WHO DIED MORE THAN A YEAR AGO HAS NOW BEEN CREMATED.

    THREE MILLION ISLANDERS TURNED OUT TO JOIN THE FUNERAL PROCESSION WHICH WOUND THROUGH KLUNGKUNG, THE HOME TOWN OF THE LATE KING. THE COFFIN IN TRADITIONAL MANNER WAS BORNE BY THE RELATIVES OF THE DEAD KING WHILE OTHER ISLANDERS CARRIED THREE HUGE WOODEN IDOLS - A FISH, A BLACK COW AND A DRAGON. THE IDOLS ARE TO KEEP EVIL SPIRITS FROM ENTERING THE KING'S BODY.

    AT THE FUNERAL SITE THE COFFIN WAS CARRIED THROUGH THE MOUTH OF THE FISH MANY TIMES BEFORE IT WAS FINALLY PLACED ON THE FUNERAL PYRE. THEN A HIGH PRIEST SLIT THE THROAT OF A COCKREL AND SPRINKLED ITS BLOOD ON THE PYRE TO BLESS THE BODY. AFTER THE PYRE HAD BURNT, THE ASHES WERE SCATTERED IN THE SEA.

    FOR THE BALINESE, DEATH IS AN OCCASION FOR REJOICING FOR THEY BELIEVE THAT DEATH FREES THE SOUL TO THE CREATOR, TO BE REINCARNATED INTO A HIGHER LIFE FORM.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABPZOWEXZVOVK3GAY0P8XQ2Z80
    Media URN:
    VLVABPZOWEXZVOVK3GAY0P8XQ2Z80
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/11/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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