Ngaben Cremation Ceremony in Bali
Ngaben means "to turn into ashes." This ritual is meant to guide the spirit into its next life and is considered a celebration. Is one of the most important ceremonies in Balinese culture and probably the most significant in the life of a Hindu Balinese. It is a centuries-old tradition that culminates in the cremation of the deceased body.
Colorful, elaborate ceremonies are held regularly in towns and villages across the island, but none are more breathtaking than Ngaben, the Balinese cremation ritual.
Hinduism teaches that life is a cycle of birth, death and rebirth that can only be broken when the soul is pure enough to be reunited with the gods. To be reborn into a new body, the soul must be released through the purifying fire of a cremation.