National Geographic : 1939 Mar
BALI AND POINTS EAST Photograph by Andre Koosevelt WHILE FLAMES LAP RICH TRAPPINGS, FRENZIED MOURNERS SNATCH SILKS AND MIRRORS FROM THE PYRE Every Balinese looks forward to a gaudy cremation, luxurious send-off of his soul to heaven. Revelry marks the burning of a prince's remains. It is unlucky to use matches, so the skyscraper bier is ignited by friction or a sunglass. The ashes are placed in an urn and strewn on the waters of river or ocean.