National Geographic : 1955 Sep
© National Geographic Society 370 Kodachromes by National Geographic Photographer J. Baylor Roberts Hindu Balinese Free the Souls of the Departed with a Riotous, Expensive Cremation Many poor villagers bury their dead until a rich man dies, then share in his costly ceremony. Remains of 1,060 were burned in this cremation near Denpasar. Here pallbearers shoulder a richly caparisoned funeral float. The body in its rough wooden coffin goes into the flames, but every scrap of tinsel and decoration is saved. + Page 371: Women bear food offerings that will be burned on the funeral pyre (upper).