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Ubud gears up for royal cremation

  • Luh De Suriyani and I Wayan Juniarta

    The Jakarta Post

Ubud   /   Mon, November 1 2010   /  04:25 pm

An atmosphere of excitement fi lled Ubud on Sunday as locals and visitors geared up for Tuesday’s grand royal cremation of the late king of Peliatan, which will involve a gigantic wooden sarcophagus, a 25 meter-tall cremation tower and more than 6,800 pallbearers. The Palebon Agung, a term reserved for the cremation ceremonies of royal family members — as opposed to ngaben, the ceremony for normal Balinese — will be conducted for the late king of  Peliatan, Ida Dewa Agung Peliatan IX. He  passed away on Aug. 21 after a fi ght with diabetes. His embalmed body has been lying in state in a pavilion inside Peliatan Palace in preparation for the Palebon Agung. “The Palebon Agung will be held on Tuesday; various rituals will start early in the morning but the  actual cremation procession will start at around 1 p.m., when the body of the king will be transported  on ...