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Images from Mass Cremation at Tampaksiring, Bali


A Balinese freelance photographer, I Nengah Januartha, recently published his images of a mass cremation held in the hillside community of Tampaksiring on

His striking images of blazing Bali-Hindi style sarcophagi in the shapes of buffaloes, lions, leopards and rhino capture the an essence of the final Balinese ritual of passage that ends with the cremated remains committal to a river or the ocean.

“There may be a great fire in our soul, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.”

Vincent Van Gogh

We encourage a visit to Junuartha’s powerful images published at

[Bali mass cremation at Tampaksiring – Images by Nengah Januartha

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