Indonesia: Cremation First Class

Rajah Ide Anak Agung Ngurah Agung was a popular feudal lord among the jolly citizens of his Balinese principality. The people of Gianjar loved him for the zest with which he lived and loved. He enjoyed great feasts of good food and was a connoisseur of cockfights. He kept four official wives and some 40 concubines. Before dying, he ordered for himself a Karye Pitra-Yadnje Palebon first class, the most festive form of cremation ceremony practiced by the Hindus of Bali. Though President Sukarno of Indonesia (who is part Balinese himself) deplored the celebration as an extravagance out of...

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