To Die and Live in Bali

To Die and Live in Bali

Being a Balinese (Hindu) is difficult. Life is difficult and so is death. Moreover, the current life lies in the midst of a variety of life burdens, like carrying the burden of hundred kilo gram. Apparently, it is also difficult to step further. It claims high costs such as daily living expenses, school fees, health

Being a Balinese (Hindu) is difficult. Life is difficult and so is death. Moreover, the current life lies in the midst of a variety of life burdens, like carrying the burden of hundred kilo gram. Apparently, it is also difficult to step further. It claims high costs such as daily living expenses, school fees, health cost and so on.

Not to mention the spending on social activities. There are activities at local hamlet or at the village such as invitation of marriage, death, otonan birthday, tooth filing and so on. Of course, this does not only take time as well as cost, but there are also other religious activities at hamlet, village, family temple, and so forth. It also needs a cost. Not to mention the cost for activities as citizens. Anyway, it is difficult and often makes a headache.

How about dying? Dying, to some people, is still considered difficult. It needs expenses to organize a last ceremony. This matter is often viewed as a burden. Moreover, approximately in the 2000s, the Hindus who died outside Bali Island, their body must often be brought home to Bali to be made an appropriate ritual. Nowadays, it is different where Balinese Hindu population has spread out almost all over Indonesia. They have built many temples, shrines or other sanctums to glorify God and their ancestors like what they do in Bali. Besides, they have even equipped with crematorium.

To some people, customs are still considered as a burden. This is true, but there are also people misinterpreting it, especially for outsiders. How difficult it is to be a Balinese. It is associated with a burdensome culture.

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Some stakeholders, customary leaders and some religious leaders have often held meetings about this issue. It is to find out non-burdensome solutions but not going out of customs or religious substances. Basically, everything has been agreed that the ancestors of the Balinese have been visionary. They have provided with some options so that customs and religious activities will not become a burden.

There have been some ceremonial scales that can be done in outline. There are grandiose  (uttama), medium (madya) and small (nista) scale. This is certainly associated with the capability. Besides, there are some traditions prevailing at particular place (dresta) that are no longer compatible with the conditions of the times, so that a solution is required in order that the members of community can equally carry out their duties and obligations. As citizens and customary members, on the one hand, they can implement the Hindu teachings well and correctly.

On the other hand, they are also comfortable to earn a living by not feeling to be overwhelmed. Similarly, they do not feel ‘jealous’ to see other people who make a living in Bali more comfortably and freely. (Gde Palgunadi/gdepalgunadi@gmail.com)



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