I've decided to use TravelPOD instead of this site for my blog. Sorry!
Here is the link to the active blog I'm using for Asia '08:
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Taking the casket from the towerOnce inside the cemetery, the bamboo scaffolding was brought back in place, and the casket was brought down to the ground, then and over to a big statue of a bull (on the right).
Loading the casket into the hearse-towerThese men used the bamboo scaffolding to carry the casket a few stories up into the very top of the tower, then slide it carefully inside. Balinese Hindus believe in reincarnation, and the cremation has very specific rituals that need to be followed in order to ensure a prosperous return. Being that this was a high-priest, it was an even bigger deal that everything be just right.
So much effort in the detailsThis ceremony was elaborate, and took two months to prepare after the priests death. There was no expense or effort spared. It all looked like so much work! The tower & bull must have taken a hundred people to make!
Into the bullThe casket was carried up another steep bamboo scaffold, and placed inside the body of this wooden bull.
Paying last respectsFor nearly an hour family and friends ascended to the bull and paid their last respects. There were vendors around to take care of all of us in the searing heat, I had a fudgecicle under my umbrella =)
More offerings....Some offerings were brought in on the tower and then painstakingly transferred to the bull, while still others were carried in on foot and then carried up to the tower. It was all a spectacle of effort for this man.