National Geographic : 1937 Aug
Photograph by Andre Roosevelt LIKE ANIMATED OIL DERRICKS, BALINESE HEARSES ARE BORNE TO THE CREMATION GROUND AS NATIVE ORCHESTRAS PLAY Built of bamboo and elaborately ornamented, the hearses are crowned by many-storied pagodas, the height ofeach tower depending on theimportance ofthe dead. The body is placed in a small cupola at the top of the strange conveyance, which is carried by about 50 men. At thecemetery, theremains aretransferred to coffins shaped like lions or bulls. These are burned and the ashes cast into a river to be carried to the sea. Feastingand merrymaking accompany thelavish crema tion ceremony of Bali.