An Unusual Cremation in Bali

An Unusual Cremation in Bali is about a family cremation in 1996 when this family had to remove the souls and remains of their four dead family members from their private graveyard where some had been buried for almost twenty years. Many fascinating rituals and practices took place to please the spirits of the dead and to ward off evil spirits and all black magic attempts to ruin the cremation. More

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About John Hughes

John Hughes was born in Northern Ireland and left home aged 17-years in search of adventure. He has travelled extensively taking a number of overland trips from London to Australia and New Zealand, driving and hitching from Alexandria in Egypt to Cape Town and across Canada from Halifax to Whitehorse in the Yukon.
John has produced travel guides for Sri Lankan Tourist Office, travel book and video for the Ghana Tourist Office and a guide to tourist sights in Beijing. Other projects included travel and culture coffee style books for St Lucia, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and the Grenadines, Dominica and India.
As a result of first hand experience attending his friend's cremation in Bali, over the period of a week, John felt he should record the event for those who will never have that opportunity.
John Hughes lives in London and his company Buzzword UK currently publishes children's books.


Review by: gatla on Oct. 20, 2014 : (no rating)
I read An Unusual Cremation in Bali. I found it very good. From the Asian background and particularly from Indian background, I could identify so many things to my culture. Even though I did not hear about this ritual in India, there are some practices I could identify. In chapter 3, I like the dilemma of one village needing the rain another with ritual did not want. It is a human experience. In India and in same locality some are praying for rain and others are praying to stop rain. It is all depends on what crops they sowed.
The Chapter 8, reminded of the puppet show in our village during my childhood.
Another interesting fact I read in your book is the female priestess performing the rituals and being part of the rituals. In Indian culture, only men perform these rituals, called pujas. Only recently a month ago Tamilnadu, government appointed a first female Dalit priestess.
I like your this, with lot of information and educative. I would recommend for those with Asian background. It is worth reading. I would highly recommend. It explains a traditions and sentiments of Bali and Asian people. It is worth reading, when these traditions in a modern world are disappearing.
Pratap Reddy Gatla, Chicago, USA.
(reviewed 69 days after purchase)
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