Ubud, Royal Cremation Held For Tjokorda Istri Sri Tjandrawati
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UBUD, BALI, INDONESIA – NOVEMBER 01: Balinese dancers perform the classical Gambuh dance during the Royal cremation ceremony on November 1, 2013 in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Tjokorda Istri Sri Tjandrawati is the late wife of Tjokorda Gde Putra Sukawati, head of Ubud’s ruling family, who died at Mount Elizabeth Hospital on October 14, 2013 in Singapore at the age of 59. More than 100 people have been employed to build a 25 meter high tower which is used to carry the body of the deceased to the cemetery. The cremation ceremony is an important rite which is held for deceased members of the Puri Agung Ubud royal family to show respect to families and the local community. Balinese believe cremation is a purification ceremony that returns Panca Maha Butha (five elements in the universe that formed life) and is also believed to release the body’s spirit so that they may reincarnate. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
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