What happens when a member of the Bali royal family dies? 

A couple hundred thousand people take time off of work and build huge funeral pyres, like the one seen below, and host a gigantic cremation service for 70 bodies.

The Royal Cremation of Anak Agung Oka Jelantik

Even more amazing is that this 90+ foot tall pyre is mobile!  The pyres were moved to the location by hand.  Along the way, the handlers twisted and spun the pyres to confuse the “spirits” in the bodies from knowing which direction was home.  That way, when the cremation set the “spirits” free from the bodies, they would have to move on to the afterlife rather than return home and, I guess, haunt their families.

Click here to read the full story (also here and here) and here to see some more amazing pictures.

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