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Ngaben Ceremony: Procession for Respect Indigenous Ancestral Spirit


Ngaben Ceremony is a purification ceremony atma (soul) As with the first phase of Balinese Hindu sacred obligation to their ancestors by burning the corpse procession. As I wrote in the article know about Pitra Yadnya, the human body consists of rough body, subtle body and karma. Body rough men who formed the 5 elements called Panca Maha Bhuta ie pertiwi (solid), apah (liquid), teja (hot substance) wind (wind) and akasa (a vacuum). The five elements are fused to form human physical and mobilized by the atma (soul). When people die who die are just rough body, atma its not. Well cremation is the process of sanctification atma / soul as it leaves the body rough.


Ngaben Ceremony

In Hinduism it is believed that Lord Brahma the creator god as well as also is the god of fire. So cremation is a process of purification of the spirit by using the means of fire so they can get back to the creator of Brahma. Fire in use is a concrete fire to burn the bodies, and fire spells pastor abstract form posted pralina For filthiness of burning inherent in atma / soul.

Ngaben Ceremony or ritual Pelebon often referred to the person who died, are considered very important, busy and lively, because the family was able to liberate pengabenan spirit of the deceased from his worldly ties to heaven, or transformed back into the world through rienkarnasi. Because of this ceremony requires effort, cost and time were long and large, this is often done so long after death.

To bear the burden of the cost, labor and others, now people often do pengabenan mass / together. The bodies of the dead are often buried before sufficient charge,

but for some families that can afford Ngaben Ceremony can be done immediately to save the bodies of people who had died at home, waiting for a good time. During storage in the house, the spirits of the dead become restless and always wanted freedom.

Good day usually given by the priests after consultation and the calendar. Preparation is usually taken away well before the day specified. This is when families prepare "Bade and oxen" made of bamboo, wood, paper various colors according to the class or socio-economic position of the family concerned.

Ngaben Ceremony ceremonies performed with a variety of processes and tools such upakara sajen and completeness as symbols as well as other rituals that are performed Balinese Hindus.

Ngaben done to humans who died and still no body, humans also died that no deaths dragged the body such as ocean currents and the bodies were found ill, plane crash that remains are burned, or as he was the Bali bombing case 1 where some of the bodies could not be identified because it had been cut into pieces or so of ash from the explosion.

For cremation procession which no body was done by making a symbol and take the fistful of soil the location of death and then burned. Who performed in many stage Ngaben Ceremony.

Starting from bathing the corpse, ngajum, burning and nyekah. Each stage uses a means of offerings (offerings) that is different. When someone dies, the family will be facing the priest For a day asking when both for carrying out Ngaben Ceremony. Usually that will be given no more than 7 days from the day of death.

Having obtained the day (funeral pyre), then the family will spend the first ritual is Nyiramin layon (bathing the corpse). The body will be bathed by the Brahmins as a group because of their social status who have an obligation to it. Finished bathing, the body will be full Balinese traditional clothes. Next is a procession ngajum, the procession of releasing the spirit by making simbol2 pictorial cloth unsur2 spiritual purification.

On the day of his, carried in procession cremation local village cemetery. The body will be taken using a container, where the bodies that will be carried to the grave. The container is usually a symbol of the Lord's lotus. Until dikuburan, the corpse was removed from the container to pemalungan, where the burned body of which is made from banana tree trunks stacked form of oxen.

Here again conducted a purification ceremony spirit form pralina by priests or people who are considered capable for it (usually from the Brahmin clan). Pralinaadalah burning with fire spells fusion of abstract form atma inherent dirtiness new ditubuh.Kemudian performed using fire burning with concrete. Today no longer use firewood anymore, but the use of fire from kerosene stoves that use wind.

Generally, the process of burning the corpse to ashes intact which takes 1 hour. Ash is then collected in ivory coconuts to assembled into sekah. This Sekah that floated into the sea, because the sea is a symbol of the universe and also the door to the house of God. Such a short circuit cremation procession in Bali. There are other records which is for babies under 42 days old and has not dated or teeth, his body should be buried. Ngaben Ceremony performed if there is family died.

Status rebirth of the spirit of the dead is closely related to karma and deeds and behavior during the previous life. In general, the Balinese feel that the spirit is born again into the world only within the family circle who have blood relations with him. The circle of life and death for the people of Bali is its association with the ancestors.

Everyone knows that one day he would become the ancestors too, who in his journey in another world must be accelerated and gain enough attention if at any time later transformed back to his beloved island, Bali

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