NGABEN: Ritual about Cremation in Bali

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     These are pictures presentation about the baliritual, Ngaben, the cremation in Kuta, Bali. This rituals occurs in the good day according to the balinese calendar system, that explained in the last post about WARA, which consist of ten groups of days call EKA WARA,  DWI WARA, TRI WARA CATUR WARA, PANCA WARA, SAD WARA, SAPTA WARA (Similar to: week), ASTA WARA, SANGA WARA AND DASA WARA.These combinations and synchronization result a good day, the best day to do rituals.
     The One of the most popular icon of these baliritual is  BADE,  a symbol of the transportation for the holy spirit in their journey to heaven.



WARA

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WARA, is a system in balinese  calendar that organized ten groups of days. These groups usually be combined and synchronized each other to be matched. The ten groups are :
1. Eka Wara contains one, named Luwang.
2. Dwi Wara contains two, named Menga and Pepet.
3. Tri Wara : Pasah, Beteng, Kajeng.
4. Catur Wara: Sri, Laba, Jaya, Mandala
5. Panca Wara: Umanis, Pahing, Pon, Wage, Kliwon
6. Sad Wara : Tungleh, Ariyang, Urukung, Paniron, Was, Mahulu
7. Sapta Wara : Redite, Soma, Anggara, Buda, Wraspati, Sukra, Saniscara
    (=Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday.Friday,Saturday)
8. Asta Wara : Sri, Indra, Guru,Yama,Rudra,Brahma,Kala,Uma
9. Sanga Wara : Dangu, Jangur, Gigis, Nohan, Ogan, Erangan, Urungan, 
    Tulus, Dadi
10.Dasa Wara : Pandita, Pati, Suka, Duka, Sri, Manuh, Manusa, Raja,  Dewa, Raksasa.

WUKU

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     WUKU is a terms in balinese calendar that collect weeks into one periode or one cycle of days. Wuku contains thirty weeks, each of them has its own name, like Sinta for the first week/wuku, Landep for the second, Ukir for the third and so on until the 30 th named Watugunung. This system is usually use for the birthday or the anniversary, combined with Saptawara (week), and Pancawara (contains five days named Umanis, Pahing, Pon, Wage, Kliwon). For example, Galungan falls on Budha (wednesday) Kliwon, wuku Dungulan (11th wuku), Saraswati holiday falls on Saniscara (=saturday) Umanis, wuku Watugunung (30th wuku). So, the holiday or the birthday that uses Wuku as its base, will be always took place every same day, same pancawara and same wuku. It means, that holidays will cycle in every 210 days (Wuku contains of 30 week, a week contains of 7 days).

WELCOME TO BALI

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Bali is a beatiful island and it has a several name to represent itself, such as The Island of God, Paradise Island, The Island of a Thousand Temple and so on. Bali is an island with a tropical climate because it's position is beyond the equator. For the people who have visited, they just like the weather. The island has a lot of beautiful spot to explore: the beach, the lake, the mount, the hill, the paddy terrace (this is one of traditional irrigation system), the landscape. To reach all of the spot, you do not need lots of days to take. Because the island spread from east to west about 250 kilometers, and from north to south about 200 kilometers (about 5,000 square kilometers width). Even for the two most popular beach: Kuta on the west side to Sanur on the east side, you just need a half an hour to take, and to go to the lake, just take one hour from the city of Denpasar (the capital of Bali).

The Month

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     Bali has alot of traditional rituals base on Hindu religion. All of them have their own special occasion according to the balinese calendar system. The Balinese Calendar is similar to the Javanese, but for the present day, only a part of the javanese still use this calendar for their living. As the first post of this topic, I try to tell here by a very simple way to understand, not to mention if it makes you bored or confuse, so the illustration below is  easy to understand.

NYEPI

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BALI has a name in a joke BAnyak LIbur means a lot of holidays. This could be happened because in their religion, Hindu Bali, has a lot of Ritual days which has it own special day. There are a common holidays like Nyepi, Galungan and Kuningan, Pagerwesi, Saraswati, Siwaratri. There are also a special sacred days among the clan, or the traditional territory, called Rahinan or Piodalan. Rahinan or Piodalan, means similar to the birthday or the anniversary of the temple, according to the balinese calendar. I will not explain the ritual in details, but at least I can tell in globally, what they always do in that rituals.