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.
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.
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.
This all photo is a story of villagers in Tenganan Pegringsingan village Karangasem Bali. Tenganan is a small village in east part of Bali, this village famous known as “Bali Aga” which is mean the real Balinese people with old Bali tradition and way of Life. People who lived in Tenganan Village have their own rule little bit different than other Balinese who live in more develop area. They have their own dates, time and tradition, such as majority the people who lived in Tenganan still wearing sarong as their daily life clothes.
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.