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Thousands attend largest-ever royal cremation

  • I Wayan Juniartha

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 16 2008   /  12:28 pm
ROYAL CREMATION: A 28-meter-tall wooden pyre carries the remain of Tjokorda Gede Agung Suyasa, the prince of Ubud, from his family’s royal compound to a nearby cemetery for cremation Tuesday in one of largest royal funerals ever in Bali. (JP/I Wayan Juniartha)(JP/I Wayan Juniartha)

Bali bade farewell on Tuesday to Tjokorda Gede Agung Suyasa, the Prince of Ubud and the patron behind the ongoing revival of Balinese Hinduism in Indonesia, in a grand cremation ceremony. ROYAL CREMATION: A 28-meter-tall wooden pyre carries the remain of Tjokorda Gede Agung Suyasa, the prince of Ubud, from his family’s royal compound to a nearby cemetery for cremation Tuesday in one of largest royal funerals ever in Bali. (JP/I Wayan Juniartha) The crowd reached an estimated 15,000 people. Suyasa, who for three decades had served as the bendesa (chief) of the Ubud customary village, passed away last March after a prolonged illness. Ever since, his body had been placed in a pavilion at his family royal compound while waiting for the day of cremation. The soft-spoken prince was the eldest son of the 10th child of the last king of Ubud, Tjokorda Gede Sukawati,...