On 15 July 2008, one of Bali's largest ever cremation ceremonies in the last three decades took place in the culturally vibrant “village” of Ubud. Three royal figures and 68 commoners were cremated. This photoblog is a record of that wonderful day.

The Bali Barong

First shot of the day: a close up of the Barong on the huge Bade (tower). The Barong is the king of the spirits, leading the battle against the dark side. His adversaries including the disgusting Rangda – a demon queen who eats children. The Barong may come in the form of a boar, tiger, dragon (or serpent) or the traditional lion (like this one).

Barong (in Bali)