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The 9th Raja of Puri Agung Peliatan Bali, Ida Dwagung Peliatan, passed away on August 20th, 2010 at the age of 71. The resplendent cremation took place on November 2, 2010, eye-witnessed by thousands of people from around the globe, following dozens of extensive preparations and sacred rites. To Balinese, death is far from grievance. It is, on the contrary, an important process of transporting soul to the holy place in heaven. As a Raja of Peliatan, the king in traditional authority, formed in the 17th century, Ida Dwagung Peliatan has, on his own merits, reached to a level of a Brahma, revered by other existing traditional kingdoms, in Bali and other parts in the country.

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Pelebon of the 9th Raja of Puri Agung Peliatan
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Before the 11-tiered sacred tower exceptionally made for a king, tens of men as representatives of hundreds who would lift the hand-made constructions were being blessed by a priest, as tens of excited photographers captured the extraordinary moment (photo by Anggun Nugraha/www.indonesia.travel).

 

This year Chinese New Year- which is the year of the rabbit - was celebrated worldwide as it brings with it new hope, opportunities, and love. Falling in the month of February, many tourist attractions combined the romantic Valentine’s Day with the prosperity brought by the anticipated year of the rabbit. In the heart of Bandung, West Java, Chinese communities who settled here since the beginning of the city’s founding, celebrated the event in spiritual devotion in the 126-year-old temple of Xie Tian Gong, the community temple.

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Chinese New Year Celebration in Bandung and Sukabumi 2011
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This 40 cm. high statue of the War Lord Guan Yu or General Kwan Kong, was sold outside the temple of Xie Tian Gong in Bandung, capital city of West Java. General Kwan Kong is one of the highly respected idols worshiped by followers of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism.  Kinoy, the vendor from Jakarta sold this carved statue for IDR 450,000. (photo by Anggun Nugraha/www.indonesia.travel).