Trunyan is another ancient village, and it has become one of the top tourist attractions in Bali for its strange yet terrifying funeral custom. When you visit this area, you'll see real skulls and human remains on the streets, similar to Skull Island in King Kong. These bodies lie left on the ground, with no funeral or cremation, as is customary in Balinese Hindu culture. If your first idea is to escape from the village and never return, this type of "tourist attraction" might not be for you. Yet, if you're looking for a unique and odd adventure on your Bali trip, then pay a visit to Trunyan Village. If you have Kintami in your Bali vacation package, you can easily reach this place.
The famed Trunyan Village's narrative begins hundreds of years ago on the Indonesian island of Java. The King of Solo of Surakarta (today a city in Java) had four children: one daughter and three sons. The princess and prince noticed an extraordinarily wonderful scent one day. It was so entrancing that they decided to track down the source of the aroma, which led them to Bali. Only the eldest prince arrived at the source of the aroma, a tree in the center of a village near one of the top attractions in Bali, Lake Batur. Trunyan is what it is called today.
Cremations or burials are the most common ways for most Balinese Hindus to honor the deceased. Nonetheless, the funeral customs in Trunyan Village are, to say the least, unique. Rather than burying or cremating their loved ones, the villagers of Trunyan place their loved ones' bodies on the ground, cover them with fabric, and arrange bamboo around them to form a prism known as "ancak sanji" and this custom is called “Mepasah.”
During Mepasah, the bodies are cleansed with rainwater and then placed on the ground, draped in white fabric save for the face. Despite the fact that the bodies remain above ground, they do not smell. The remains are interred in the Taru Menyan tree, which translates as "fragrant tree." The scent from the tree, presumably, neutralizes any “unwanted odors.”
Pretty much interested in going to the village? Then here is how you reach the strange village, Trunyan is on Lake Batur’s east bank, and to get to Trunyan, you must first travel inland to one of the best places to visit in Bali, Kintamani, which is around a two-hour drive from the main tourist centers of Canggu or Seminyak. After arriving in Kintamani, you can take a boat ride from the local port in the village of Songan, located on Lake Batur's western shore.
Top tip: Visit Trunyan with a tour guide rather than just arranging a return boat journey, since you will obtain insight into the history and culture rather than just transportation.
Kintamani has beautiful tourist attractions in Bali. Here are some of the best places to visit in Bali’s Kintamani and include in your Bali vacation itinerary:
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