Ngaben is a cremation ritual in Bali for Hindus people. In Bali cremation is one of an important ritual for Hindu’s that have to be done by the family when someone in their family passed away. Balinese people believe that through cremation the spirit who passed away will united with the God.
Two years ago I went to my friend house Erinda, we both are into photography. When I visited her house I still remember I saw an old film camera on her bench, it was Minolta SRT 101 and she told me that her Dad camera. I’m asking “is the camera still work ?” unfortunately the camera was broken, out of the blue I am offering my self to fix the camera with one condition that after it has been fixed, she let me borrow for couple of week to shoot with it.
Bali is famous for its culture and ceremony, one of the biggest ceremony in Bali is called Nyepi or simply called “Days of Silence” that celebrate once a year according to Balinese calendar and it usually happen around middle of March. Apart from Nyepi as the main ceremony, there is a unique ritual on the day before Nyepi which is called “Ngerupuk” as part of the Nyepi, on this day there will be a Ogoh – ogoh paraded that will be held during the night. Ogoh – Ogoh is an evil creature that traditionally made from bamboo by the Banjar and the kids at the local council (nowadays many ogoh – ogoh are made from styrofoam). It took almost a month and half to make this evil creature from the scratch and the youth organisation of the council also will prepare dance and gambelan perfomance to tell the story of their creature.
Let me show you a visual story of Ngerupuk day in my local council from the making of Ogoh – ogoh, dance and Gambelan rehearsal until the big day to perform in my village. My village called Legian Village and there are three Banjars in Legian which is Legian Kelod, Legian Tengah and Legian Kaja. All the Banjar do their best to create the Ogoh – Ogoh from the dance and the Gambelan instrument.
On the 27 – 28 February 2016 we 100 Guru Bali (1000 Teachers Bali Regional) community visiting Singaraja Village at SD 5 Pakisan, Kubutambahan to Travel and Teaching (TNT). This is our fourth TNT and this was the most hard and challenging TNT that we have ever arranged compare to the previous TNT. The school is located on the top of the hill, the only access to go to the school is by passing the main road that has been damage and it is not able to pass by car, our truck had to park on the bottom of the hill and we have to walk 3 km up to the hill carrying the donation that took us almost one and half hours.
A sacred process in Balinese tradition called Mediksa where Balinese priest become Sulinggih (a higher status) to able to communicate and connect to Ida Shangyang Widhi Wasa (Balinese Hindus God). In this process the priest must pass a step what it call “Seda Raga” (where the priest will go into coma condition) before become Sulinggih. This step required as the most important part of the ceremony, therefore the Sulinggih will able to see the path to Nirvana to lead the holly sprit once they passed away. Mediksa will be lead by what it call as “Guru Nabe” Guru Nabe is a teacher in Hindus Priest who will teach the Priest to become a Sulinggih, only Nabe who can decided if the student will pass and can become a Sulinggih.
I visited school deep in the village of Bali. Their school is not as lucky as others school where it has a proper building to study and resources. Some of student had to walk 7 kilos to reach the school by walking up tp 3 hours to reach the school, often the teacher will reward them money around 5 thousand rupiah ( not even 1 dollar) to convince them to come to school. We came to their school to bring some books, school uniform and teach and at the end of the session we play balloons.