No Cremation Ceremony is Allowed
The of grand ceremony Panca Bali Krama which is held once every ten years will be held on March 25, 2009. This grand ceremony will be conducted in Bali’s Mother Temple, Besakih Temple, in Karangasem Regency. The preparation of this grand ceremony has been conducted for months and the series of the ceremonies will last until April 27, 2009.
As any other grand ceremonies, Panca Bali Krama ceremony has to be conducted in a holy environment. During the preparation and the execution of this ceremony the spiritual atmosphere of Bali has to be kept as holy as possible that means no cremation ceremony is allowed in the island since death is believed to pollute the atmosphere.
To ensure the holiness of this ceremony, the premeditated cremation ceremony can only be held until February 13, 2009. For those who pass away between 13th and 20th February 2009, emergency cremation ceremonies are allowed to be held. As for those who pass away after February 20, 2009, their corpses have to be buried as soon as possible no cremation ceremony is allowed.
If the one who pass away is a high priest who has undergone a Dwijati (second birth) Ceremony, his or her corpse have to be kept at home until a proper cremation ceremony is allowed to be conducted. Balinese believe that it is forbidden to bury the corpse a high priest who has undergone a Dwijati (second birth) Ceremony.
The cremation ceremony can be conducted as usual after April 27, 2009, when the last series of Panca Bali Krama ceremony, the Mejauman have been conducted.