Balinese Cremation Ceremony

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by Gillymaru, Feb 12, 2015.

  1. Gillymaru

    Gillymaru Mu-43 Veteran

    I have just returned from Bali and was fortunate to photograph a Balinese funeral. To westerners these ceremonies may seem a strange mixture of happiness and sadness. I was worried that It was a fine line to document the ceremony but not to intrude on the family, I shouldn't have worried as they made me very welcome and shared much about their deceased father.

    From Wikipediada:

    Ngaben, or Cremation Ceremony, is a funeral ritual performed in Bali to send the deceased to the next life. The body of the deceased will be placed as if sleeping, and the family will continue to treat the deceased as sleeping. No tears are shed, because the deceased is only temporarily absent and will reincarnate or find final rest in Moksha (freeing from the reincarnation and death cycle).

    The proper day of the ceremony is always a matter of consulting a specialist on ceremony days. On the day of the ceremony, the body of the deceased is placed inside a coffin. This coffin is placed inside a sarcophagus resembling a buffalo (Lembu) or in a temple structure (Wadah) made of papier-maché and wood. This sarcophagus is then borne to the cremation site in a procession, which is almost never walked in a straight line. This is done to confuse evil spirits and keep them away from the deceased.

    The climax of a Ngaben is the burning of the sarcophagus containing the body of the deceased. The fire is viewed as necessary to free the spirit from the body and enable reincarnation.

    Ngaben is not always immediately performed. For members of the elite castes, it is normal to perform the ritual individually for the deceased within three days. People of lower social classes opt for a more economic solution where they first bury the deceased, who is then cremated with the village's other dead in a mass ceremony.

    The procession through the streets of Kuta
    16321490897_6df1dcec7a_o. P1140016 by gilly.maru, on Flickr

    16319680478_f538a473e8_o. P1140022 by gilly.maru, on Flickr

    16319949810_db66c69fb5_o. P1140040 by gilly.maru, on Flickr

    15887249703_6c36f24fa0_o. P1140047 by gilly.maru, on Flickr

    Walking to the beach for the cremation

    16321131359_0974de390f_o. P1140051 by gilly.maru, on Flickr

    P1140057 by gilly.maru, on Flickr

    15887252093_e82d442a5a_o. P1140063 by gilly.maru, on Flickr

    P1140107 by gilly.maru, on Flickr

    16321134709_1e46969288_o. P1140129 by gilly.maru, on Flickr

    15887254153_79ca218809_o. P1140282 by gilly.maru, on Flickr

    16505683861_03f1b7e9e2_o. P1140304 by gilly.maru, on Flickr

    16481416336_bdac200e4a_o. P1140314 by gilly.maru, on Flickr

    15887256763_7ab88920c6_o. P1140357 by gilly.maru, on Flickr

    Photos were shot using OMD EM. Lenses Nokton 25mm, Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 and Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8
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  2. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
    Those are very nice images. I wish they were in color though. The black and white treatment in this case just leaves me thinking that there are some colors there that I really wish I could see.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  3. bacil

    bacil Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 24, 2012
    Very nice. I miss Bali a lot and may go there this summer. Can't wait.
  4. Gillymaru

    Gillymaru Mu-43 Veteran

    Here are some of the colour versions Doc, I must admit that some of these are better in colour. I like the way the Nokton renders files, it has a unique look that I don't get with any of my other lenses.

    15897261733_6d6fae59ca_o. P1140022 by gilly.maru, on Flickr

    15897262013_0fe056de05_o. P1140051 by gilly.maru, on Flickr

    16329714268_deecefa7d1_o. P1140314 by gilly.maru, on Flickr
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