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Jakarta Post

Ubud residents unite for cremation

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Ubud, Bali   /   Fri, August 19 2011   /  08:00 am

Thursday’s cremation of Anak Agung Niang Rai turned into a display of Ubud’s solidarity and loyalty to its royal family.

Thousands of residents filled the street to take turns carrying the 24-meter-tall bade (cremation tower) from the palace to the royal cemetery at Dalem Puri.

“People came from the 12 desa pekraman [customary villages] in Ubud as well as from the neighboring villages of Kedewatan, Payogan and Bunutan,” Niang Rai’s son Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, the prince of Ubud and regent of Gianyar, said.

The people of Ubud had gathered around the royal palace in downtown Ubud since early morning. The women helped prepare elaborate offerings while the men checked the massive bamboo bridge connecting the palace yard and the top of the bade.

Invited guests and thousands of spectators, including foreign tourists, began filling the streets ...