Trunyan is one of the culturally isolated village in Bali which is located on the eastern shore of Lake Batur, a caldera lake in Bangli Regency of central Bali. Trunyan is particularly known for its peculiar tradition of the treatment of dead bodies. Dead bodies placed openly on the ground, simply covered with cloth and bamboo canopies and left to decompose is a very common sight in the village. Strangely enough, even with so many dead bodies decomposing around the area, there is absolutely no putrid smell as the influence of the nearby tree is said to remove the smell of the corpses completely. There are no monuments in Trunyan Bali but you can find a few monuments in the surrounding areas of the village.
The people of Trunyan are generally considered to be the Bali Aga people, the mountain Balinese. Unlike the lowland Balinese, Bali Aga people practice ancient rituals that predates the arrival of Hinduism or Buddhism. The Bali Aga of Trunyan is noted for unique traditions, even among the Bali Aga. According to copper plate inscriptions found in one of the shrines of the main temple of Trunyan, the temple dates back to at least the 10th century AD. The village is believed to be much older than the temple.
Know All About The Interesting Rituals and Monuments in Trunyan Bali
Trunyan/ Terunyan village is one of the homes for Bali Aga (Aboriginal Balinese) people is famous for its treatment for dead bodies, in which they are placed on openly on the ground (not buried/ cremated), simply covered with cloth and bamboo drapes, and until decomposed. Local believes that the frankincense tree nearby removed the putrid smell of the corpses. If you want to know more about their rituals and monuments in Trunyan Bali, here are a few monuments that might catch your interest.
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1. Tugu Singa Ambara Raja
The icon of Singaraja is a statue of a winged lion atop a base shaped like a lotus to symbolize strength and power. It was built in tribute to Gusti Panji Sakti who founded the kingdom of Buleleng. Its located in the middle of Singaraja.
Location: Jl. Ngurah Rai, Singaraja 81117
2. Margarana National Monument Park
Margarana National Monument Park is a monument in Bali that was set up to commemorate fallen soldiers in the Battle of Puputan Margarana that took place in 1946 against the Netherlands. Theres a 17-meter tall monument with a sculpture of the letter Gusti Ngurah Rai wrote to the Netherlands.
Location: Kelaci, Marga Dauh Puri, Marga Dauh Puri, Marga, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82181
Timings: 8am to 5pm
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3. Gunung Kawi
This historical monument in Bali dates back to the 11th century and features almost a dozen rock-cut shrines carved into a cliff face. Not much is known about the religious monument in Bali but its believed that the shrines are memorials to King Udayana.
Location: Banjar Penaka, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 80552
Timings: 8 am to 6 pm
Entry: INR 70 for adults and INR 40 for children
Trunyan society has kept itself aloof from the rest of the world and has not allowed the development and changes in the rest of the world to affect it. However, there are two influences that are adapted from other communities. One being the caste system wherein one community rules over the other. The second influence is a tradition that requires young men to travel through lowland Bali for a period of time to live as beggars. This practice is similar to the monks of Thailand and is derived from a strong Buddhist tradition of the 10th-century. To know more about this unique island visit Bali this year and explore its beautiful landscapes and monuments in Trunyan Bali.
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