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The Old Bali Blog « A right royal send-off: The Queen of Ubud's cremation ceremony

If you've ever wondered how to photograph a royal cremation to perfection, you won't do better than Getty Images' Agung Parameswara – a local of Bali, and a man with a very cool and expansive eye.

The remains of Ubud's Royal Tjokorda Istri Sri Tjandrawati were carried down the main street in a 25-metre-tall tower by 300 men at a time – 5,000 in all took turns.

After the queen's body was placed inside a 7,5-meter-high bull-shaped sarcophagus in Ubud's Royal Cemetery, both were set alight at exactly 3:15pm.

It didn't rain. The cloud shamans saw to that.

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