What Is Pelebon ??
(Pelebon) In Hindu Bali belief, a cremation ceremony (pelebon) symbolizes the cleansing of the soul of the one who has passed away, by returning the physical remains to the original elements from which living creatures are created and thereby releasing the soul from its worldly bonds. A pelebon or ngaben is not a mournful occasion, but rather a way to soothe the soul of the departed and ensure that it is not disturbed by the sobbing of those left behind.
In Balinese tradition, the body is merely a vessel for the soul. When a person dies, it is believed that his soul, or atman, remains near the body. A person's body consists of five elements: fire, air, water, earth, and empty space. These five elements must be returned to nature, to be released so they can find the way to heaven and unite with the Creator. The (Pelebon) cremation ceremony is a lengthy process, with many steps both before and after the cremation itself.
But a major (Pelebon )cremation ceremony, also a truly entertaining spectacle, particularly for tourists, showing the power and grandeur of Bali's culture, and produced entirely by the skilled hands of the highly dedicated local community, who truly deserve to be called real artists!
What made this cremation ceremony so special was the involvement of the public.
These offerings are a symbol of appreciation to God and to the local community, who participated in the entire series of pelebon ceremonies. In Hindu belief, a soul that has been released, after spending some time in heaven, can achieve the higher level of unity with God (moksa) and will then be reincarnated (samsara) to go through another worldly life.
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