Bali has a million travel themes that can make you get an interesting and unforgettable experience. The Trunyan Village Cemetery, for example. Don't be afraid to hear the name. This cemetery is different from the other graveyard in general. Although it seems mystical, this place is one of the cultural attractions in Bali that should not be missed to visit.
Trunyan Village Cemetery
Not only Karangasem Regency which is famous for Tenganan Pegringsingan Village as Bali Aga Village. In Bangli Regency, there is also another Bali Aga Village, whose name is Trunyan Village. Well, this village is famous for its graveyard. Because the villagers have a unique way to bury the body. Trunyan Village is on the shores of Lake Batur, Kintamani District, Bangli Regency. So to get to Trunyan Village, you need to cross Lake Batur first. You can rent a boat at the Kedisan Pier. It took approximately 30 minutes to get to the Trunyan Village Cemetery.
So, in the Trunyan Village Cemetery, the bodies of the dead villagers were not buried as you normally see in public cemeteries. But, these bodies are left in the open spaces. This kind of funeral process is known as mepasah. Mepasah has been carried out for generations and is a legacy of ancestors preserved by the residents of Trunyan Village.
But not all people who die can be buried in mepasah ceremony! Only those who die when they are married are allowed to be buried this way. The bodies of young children and singles can also be included in the Mepasah category, the condition is that their teeth must fall out naturally. While residents who die from accidents or die unnaturally will be buried.
In one funeral area, there are three different locations commonly used for burial. Namely Sema Wayah, Sema Bantas, and Sema Nguda. Sema Wayah is used specifically for bodies that will be buried by Mepasah. Whereas the Sema Bantas are used for bodies that will be buried. Finally, Sema Nguda is a burial location that can be used both for the bodies to be buried in Mepasah and buried.
So don't be surprised if you see skulls and skeletons lying on the ground in the cemetery area. Calm down, these bodies don't smell at all. Because it is placed under the Taru Menyan Tree. These hundreds of years old trees emit fragrant sandalwood and absorb unpleasant odors from the corpse.
Although it sounds scary, but this tourist attraction is most often visited by tourists to satisfy curiosity. If you like mystical things, certainly traveling in the Trunyan Village Cemetery is an interesting activity. But if you are a newcomer, of course this trip feels challenging. There are some things you should not do when visiting. For example, you should not say harsh words and spit in the cemetery. If you want to take pictures, you should ask the guide first, which places are allowed to be captured.