Grieve and sincere condolence is still effecting all of Bali.
Balinese Hindu believe that every desaster is an expression of universal disorder and imbalance and therefore requires
spiritual purification and re-establishment of harmony.
But not only the suffering of human souls was in the center of complex rituals, but also the suffering and disharmony
done to all other forms of spiritual life including plants, animals, spirits of buildings and all the spiritual
aspects of that area.
All trough that night, from sunset to sunrise, people came to join for a while.
They came to mourn, they calm to cry, they came to help soothen the pain. some came alone, others came in small groups.
They all came to help preparing the seaward passage of the deceased, they came to help opening the gates of passage.
The grand ceremony then started at 15:30 in the afternoon of November 15, 2002.
Not only vitim family members, government representatives, important officials, journalists and local people joined.
Then, accompanied by Balinese Gamelan music played by local villagers and colorful flags and relics carried along,
the people marched to the beach were symbols of the deceased bodies were purified and released into the sea.
I Wayan Juniartha and Damar Harsanto, The Jakarta Post, Kuta, Bali
Police have beefed up security in Kuta, Bali, as local residents held the Mendak Bhatara Tirta water-catching ritual on Thursday evening, on the eve of the grand cleansing ceremony of Pemarisudha Karipubhaya at the Oct. 12 bombing site on Friday.
Bali Police chief Insp. Gen.
Budi Setyawan said that police had deployed nearly 5,000 police officers
to safeguard Kuta and its surroundings.
When the prayer ended, the pemangku or temple priests took the holy water kept in separate bamboo containers from the temple shrines and gave them to local women, who later carried them on their heads to the bomb site, about 1.5 kilometers away.
A male baby celeng butuan pig was slaughtered in the temple's outer court to appease any malevolent spirits. Immediately after that several men fell into a trance state called kerauhan. Escorted by the traditional guards of pecalang, these men led the procession to escort the water to the blast site.
A small incident happened some 50 meters south of the blast's site when a naked male foreigner ran into the street and started screaming incoherently. He was later subdued by several local security guards.
"Initially we thought that he had fallen into the trance too. But, later on we learned that he might be a psychologically disturbed man," one security guard said.
Upon arrival at the blast site, several priests subdued the tranced men by sprinkling the holy water on them. Meanwhile, other priests placed the water bamboo containers on the tall shrines of Sanggar Tawang at the northeastern corner of the ceremony's site.
"The holy water will be kept on the Sanggar Tawang to symbolize the presence of all the lords and deities of the sacred places and temples, where the water came from," Kuta customary village head Made Wendra said.
The water would be sprinkled upon the blast's site and also on the people at the end of the Pemarisudha Karipubhaya ceremony as a sign of blessing and purification.
Preparations for the cleansing ceremony were noticeable on Thursday as several important guests arrived in Bali, including East Timor President Xanana Gusmao and Taufik Kiemas, husband of President Megawati Soekarnoputri and a number of ministers.
Megawati is scheduled to attend the ceremony.
Furthermore, some 51 relatives of the Australian bombing victims had also already arrived in Kuta.
The Pemarisudha Karipubhaya ceremony will be held simultaneously at two separate places, the blast site and at the Segara temple next to Kuta beach.
It will start at around 9 a.m. local time. All the streets in Kuta will be closed during the ceremony.
Anticipating the possible influx of Balinese people into the blast site, the police will direct some of them to Segara temple, located about two kilometers nearby.
Budi Setyawan said that some 800 police mobile brigade policemen would be assigned to comb the site prior to the ceremony.
Budi revealed that 1,000 police personnel would safeguard the vicinity of the main site of the ceremony, while there would be 2,800 police officers assigned to guard the access ways to the venue, parking lots, control the traffic and conduct security checks.
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