Balinese Cremation Is Thrilling
To World-Traveling Daily Man
By WILLIAM NEWTON1
Seven months spent traveling
around the world brought me no more
interesting sight than a Balinese cre-I
e mation. The surprising hilarity of
everyone connected with the cere-
mony was explained by the fact that
the Balinese religion-a mixture of
Buddhism, Hinduism and Moham-
medanism-affirms that one's soul
cannot go to heaven until his body
has been 'destroyed by fire. I
The particular cremation which I
witnessed was that of the chief of a
minor village, and the poor fellow's
soul had been wandering about in S
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space haunting people for more than
three years. The people of his village
had taken that long to accumulate
the amount of money to cover the
high cost of conducting what they
termed a "number-one gooda kind"
cremation. Cremation costs are high
in Bali, I was told, since great papier-
mache figures must be bought and at
least 150 mourners hired.
Detour Fools Spirits
The ceremony lasted at least three
hours, as theiprocession went many
miles out of its way en route- to the
burning grounds. This, I was told,
was to fool the evil spirits who al-
ways do their best to keep any soul
from getting to heaven. The rema ins
of the deceased were finally placed
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WILLIAM NEWTON We had only a few days in Burma, Reform services will be held at 11
waiting for a ship to Calcutta, but weat
inside the wooden image of a bull made the most of our time and made a.m., Sunday at the Hillel Founda-
symbol of minor nobility. a hurry-up trip to Mandalay. We tion at which Dr. Isar c Rabinowitz,
This interior had previously been were fortunate to be with a "Tom- director of the Foundation, will de-
wiped out by the women of the late mie" who knew the country, Lance- liver an address on American Neuw-
chief's family, their long black, ver- corporal Devereaux, of the Royal trality. This is the first of a series
min-laden hair being let down and' Scots. Devereaux had served a year of reform services which will be held
used for this. Shouts of great re- in Palestine and in Burma during the every Sunday during the year at 11
joicing then went up as the pyre was latest rebellion, so he knew the coun- a.m. at the Foundation.
kindled, and mingled with them were try and had many native friends. One
the shrieks of many domestic, ani- of these was able to secure for us aDvrau'qicthnngwshei
mals tied to stakes in the midst of private compartment o the train only thing that kept# us from inva-
the piled kindling. These animals, from Rangoon to Mandalay; true, it sion. Awaking from a sound sleep,
according to Balinese legend, would was only in a third-class carriage the soldier waved his chevroned
guide the soul on its long journey to equipped with wooden benches, but arms about in front of the native,t -
heaven. it kept us somewhat separated from shouted at him in Hindustani and
Road To Mandalay the amore fragrant of our native finally grabbed him by the beard
Despite cremations and the famed traveling-companions. and pulled him out of the compart-
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leave Bal and get aboard a Dutch ficult to keep private, as we had to1 of him-gave a shriek and jumped
freighter bound for Malaya. In Singa- hold its. door shut at every station, out of the train and ran down the
pore, a city even more nasally offen- and this meant staying awake platform toward the station, leaving
sive than any place in Java or Bali, through most of the night. A big all his bags in our car. ,
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