• Short Summary

    INDONESIA'S POLITICAL AND ECONOMICAL INSTABILITY HAVE HAD LITTLE OR NO EFFECT ON THE PEOPLE OF BALI, A FABLE ISLAND OFF JAVA.

  • Description

    INDONESIA'S POLITICAL AND ECONOMICAL INSTABILITY HAVE HAD LITTLE OR NO EFFECT ON THE PEOPLE OF BALI, A FABLE ISLAND OFF JAVA. EARLIER THIS WEEK, THE ISLANDERS OF HINDU RELIGION, GAVE THE LATE KING OF KARANGASEM A GRAND AND COLOURFUL FUNERAL PROCESSION. KARANGASEM IS THE NAME OF A DISTRICT, SITUATED ON THE EAST COAST OF THE ISLAND.

    THE ISLANDERS, INCLUDING SEVERAL RELATIVES OF THE LATE KING, CARRIED IN PROCESSION THREE HUGE WOODEN RELIGIOUS IDOLS -- A BLACK COW, THE HEADS OF TWO DRAGONS -- ONE CONTAINING THE BODY OF THE KING. THESE IDOLS ARE SUPPOSED TO KEEP EVIL SPIRITS FROM ENTERING THE KING'S BODY.

    FOR THE BALINESE, DEATH IS AN OCCASION FOR REJOICING NOT OF SADNESS. THEY BELIEVE THAT DEATH FREES THE SOUL TO THE CREATOR TO BE REINCARNATED INTO A HIGHER FORM OF LIFE.

    IN THE PAST, ROYAL CREMATIONS WERE JOINED BY TEN BODIES OF DEAD COMMONERS. THE BELIEF WAS THAT THE KING WOULD CARRY THE OTHERS INTO HEAVEN -- BECAUSE, AS A COMMONER, IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET INTO HEAVEN ALONE.

    THE FUNERAL AND CREMATION CEREMONIES WERE CONDUCTED IN THE TRADITION OF THE LATE KING'S ANCESTORS. THE COFFIN WAS BORNE TO THE CREMATION SITE BY DOZENS OF ISLANDERS -- RELATIVES OF THE KING.

    AFTER THE CHANTING OF PRAYERS AND SENDING UP OF OFFERINGS, THE BODY WAS PLACED INSIDE THE WOODEN COW THROUGH A SPECIAL OPENING, AND WAS THEN SET AFLAME. AT THE END OF THE CREMATION, THE ASHES WERE SCATTERED IN THE SEA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACWPRWMQ8IC60IPETRE3FYW80
    Media URN:
    VLVACWPRWMQ8IC60IPETRE3FYW80
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/01/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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