For every Balinese cremation, whatever the scale, there are many, many preparations and preceding rituals to be done before the final send-off. Here we take a look behind the scenes for today’s royal cremation of the Ubud prince Tjokorda Raka Sukawati, inventor of the “Sosrobahu” engineering technique for building flyovers.

 

 

 

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The trickiest bit to building the ‘bade’ tower is adding the top tiered roof ‘tumpeng’. This took place yesterday. Photo©Agus Suka Adi Surya

 

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Just before dawn in the palace, a high priest performs rituals for consecration for the immediate family. A fairly private affair. Photo©Rio Helmi

 

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Exhausted retainers who have been working the night through, catch a short break. Photo©Rio Helmi

 

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The family of the deceased prays in the palace courtyard. Photo©Rio Helmi

 

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One of several occasions when the family symbolically crushes the ashes. Photo©Rio Helmi

 

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Under the waning moon, the ‘Pedanda’ high priest begins the consecration of the actual cremation ground. Photo©Rio Helmi

 

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The pedanda consecrating the cremation ground after ritual measuring ‘nyikut’. Photo©Rio Helmi

 

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A final prayer after the consecration of the cremation ground this morning, just before sunrise. Photo©Rio Helmi