posted on Mar, 18 2016 @ 06:58 AM
On the shores of Lake Batur in the Kintamini area in Bali, the people of Trunyan neither cremate nor bury their dead.
The only way to enter the village is through a boat. The gate greets you as you go toward the shore.
The graveyard is next to Taru Menyan (nice smelling tree - direct translation) The tree eminates a typical scent which neutralizes the smell of
rotting bodies. It is also this tree from which the name Trunyan is derived.
The cemetary is pretty small - 11 places. If you are "lucky" you may come when there are more than 11 bodies. In this case one or more of the bodies
have to be taken out.
Only the bodies of married people are allowed to be placed in bamboo cages, and women are not allowed to participate in the ceremonies of bringing the
body to the graveyard.
The bodies are kept untill only the skeleton remains
After that the skull is placed on a stairs-shaped stone altar
This burial practice has been going for over 1000 years.
edit on 18-3-2016 by ZeroFurrbone because: Fixed some locations