Cremation of ‘Raja Peliatan’

(Reported by : Bambang Adi Pramono and Komang Ayu)

Date November 02, 2010 is the peak event pelebon Raja Ida Dwagung Peliatan IX. The series of ceremony has already started 55 days before the start prepared ‘bade’ the vehicle used to carry bodies to the ‘setra’, ‘naga-banda’ the accompaniment ‘bade’ and ‘lembu putih’ (the white cow) to container bodies to be burned. ‘Bade’ or a similar building ‘meru’ eleven levels prepared by using materials of bamboo, wood, sterofoam, cardboard, cloth and various other materials. To add grandeur ‘bade’ used a variety of paint colors are also ‘prada’ (gold leaf). The white cow horn tip and the top ‘bade’ ornate gold. Interestingly, as a form of ‘punia’ (to present) Peliatan Castle party to its citizens, this gold ornaments will be contested by the public after the body was cremated.

‘Bade’ overlap eleven as the vehicle remains the Raja Peliatan IX to go to the ‘setra’ 25.5 meters tall weighing approximately 10 tons. To bring ‘bade’ to ‘setra’ as far as it takes approximately one kilometer 2100, involving about 34 ‘banjar’ (villages) of the region and Tegallalang Peliatan. Every 300 people raised ‘bade’ as far as 100 meters, alternating with 300 other people from the ‘banjar’ different pre-determined.
In addition ‘bade’ brought to the cemetery where ‘setra’ burning corpse, ‘bade’ also accompanied ‘naga-banda’ and a white cow. To lift each requires 50 people in turn.

White cow as a container body of Raja Peliatan IX and the ‘naga-banda’ that will be burned later on, made of several materials including wood, bamboo, cardboard, paper, sterofoam, cloth and so forth. At the end of the horn white cow 22-carat gold plated.

‘Bade’ overlapping eleven, naga-banda and white cow made and done by people around the Castle Peliatan designed by artists from Ubud. In addition to the above, before pelebon, held a series of ceremonies and performances of ‘gongs’ and dances to entertain the invitation and the surrounding community.

‘Pelebon’ Raja Peliatan IX Ida Dwagung Peliatan begins at 12:30 witnessed by tens of thousands of pairs of eyes of the people of Bali, local and foreign tourists. Community and the majority of tourists wearing traditional clothes ‘Bali Madya’. The procession began with a number of dances in the castle followed the king to raise the body upward as high as 25.5 meters ‘bade’.

Earlier, the bodies first cleaned and Balinese traditional clothes worn like people who are still alive. Once the body is ready on ‘bade’, archery naga-banda procession passed by two ‘pedanda’ (holy man), namely ‘Pedanda Shiwa’ dan ‘Pedanda Budha’. After a series of religious ceremonies the procession is completed, then the bodies that have been on top ‘bade’ overlap with eleven (as many as 11 levels ‘pelinggih’) ready carried toward ‘setra’ (grave) Ubud is located about 1 km from Puri Peliatan. After the ‘Bade’ which brought the king’s body arrived at the ‘Setra’, the body then transferred into a white cow body to be burned along with the ‘naga-banda’.

After the religious ceremony at the ‘setra’ completed, then the body which are inside white cow body was cremated and his ashes will be dumped on the Lebih beach.

The series of ceremonies pelebon Raja Peliatan IX Ida Dwagung Peliatan estimated to cost about 2 billion dollars.

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