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The Unique Funeral Tradition in Bali, Trunyan Village

Bali has many destinations that always has a different uniqueness from the other tourist destinations. One of the famous tourist destination because of its uniqueness is Trunyan Bangli. Why? Not because of the place, but because the funeral tradition for people who have died there. In general, a funeral in Bali was implemented by the way of burial and burning (cremation), and also must be held a “pengabenan” ceremony.

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But it is different from another villages. The village touted as the oldest village in Bali. It is carrying out the funeral only to put the corpse in a special place called “Sema Wayah”. Although there are many corpses were laid out just like that, you will not feel any bad odor.

This might look unusual, but that is the reality. Trunyan village located on the west side of Batur Lake and close to the Mount Batur. Trunyan village has been recognized by domestic tourists and foreign countries as a unique tourist destination in Bali.

To get to the “Sema Wayah”, the funeral place in Trunyan village, there are 2 ways. First track is a land route and the second is by the lake. If by land, it will take about 45 minutes to pass through the Penelokan village.

If you want to go through the lake, there are also two ways more. Through the Trunyan village that will take about 15 minutes or you can go from Kedisan dock and will take about 45 minutes. But we recommend you to take the lake way from Trunyan village.

It is easy for you who want to get there. You can rent a boat in Kedisan Dock, Batur Lake to go to the Trunyan Village.

When you arrived at “Sema Wayah”, you will see two temples which contain rows of skulls and a place to put coins for tourists. There is a huge tree called “Taru Menyan”.

Additionally, Trunyan Village has some interesting facts that you have to know before you visit Trunyan.

1. “Trunyan” is a name of a funeral.

Apparently, Trunyan is a unique funeral name in Trunyan Village. Generally a funeral always about coffin or shroud. But, it is different in Trunyan Village. Someone who died there were just left lying on the ground, and the family just need to make a simple fence from bamboo and offerings next to the corpse.

2. The human corpse who buried there are not smelly.

Logically, the corpse that buried in the open are and placed just like that will cause a bad odor, but in Trunyan Village is different and you will not be bothered by any smell. Why? It is because there is a Trunyan tree.

It is a big tree stand in the middle of the funeral area. Trunyan derived from the word Taru Menyan, which is in local language “Taru” means tree and “Menyan” means fragrant. So Taru Menyan means a fragrant tree.

3. Trunyan Tree believed that has been thousand years old.

Apparently, the Trunyan Tree predicted has been thousand years old, but surprisingly, the size of the tree has not changed much. The cemetery located under the tree and the local people believe this tree could omit the stench of corpses that were buried there.

So far, no research can reveal how this tree can absorb the smell of the dead body who are buried there. According to the story around the local people, in the past, the villager confused because suddenly a pungent fragrant appeared in the village and caused a cold.

Then the villager found out the pungent fragrant, and it caused by the Trunyan Tree. The villager decided to neutralizing the fragrant will something smelly. That is why, the area around the tree become a funeral.

4. There are some provisions to be buried here.

Local people in there have their own terms of the cemetery, where the number of the corpses under the Trunyan Tree should not be more than 11 bodies.

And also, the bodies which can placed here are those who died because of natural causes and never married. For the corpses that already become bones will be gathered with the other near the roots of the tree, so that place can be used for a new body. Another uniqueness, the corpses will be covered with “ancak”, it is a bamboo cage.

5. There is “Sema Bantas”, a funeral for those who died in the strange way.

The meaning of the strange way here is, like someone who died in the accident, suicide, of murder. The corpse cannot be placed near the Trunyan Tree, there is another place called “Sema Batas”. It is a special place for those who died in the strange way.

6. “Sema Muda” is a place for baby and children’s funeral.

Instead of “Sema Bantas”, there is also “Sema Muda”. It is a funeral for babies, children and adults who died but not married yet. The funeral places have been distinguished in accordance with the rules in Trunyan Village.

So, there are some unique facts about Trunyan Village. This village will give you unforgettable experience. You have to come to the Trunyan Village!
The Unique Funeral Tradition in Bali, Trunyan Village Reviewed by Andina Septayani on February 16, 2017 Rating: 5

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