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12 Jun ’07

The body is transfered from the tower to the wood statue of the bull,the priests bless and wash the body with ‘tirtha” holy water,his most cherished possessions are placed along side his body by his son and then AA Gede Oka Djelantik is sealed in the bull.

11 Jun ’07

AA Gede Oka Djelantik is carried to to the cemetery.All his most cherished possessions are carried by the Royal Family and palace staff in a procession down the main street with hundreds watching. These items are placed with him for the next life.

11 Jun ’07

After the extended family prays, AA Gede Oka Djelantik’s body, is removed from the Pavilion of Death,in the Puri Agung Karangasem to the main street to be placed in a 9 storey tower for his final journey to the cemetery for cremation.

04 Jun ’07

The Body washing of Ambassador AA Gede Oka Djelantik ,Prince of Karangasem ,who passed away on May 27 in Denpasar.

Djelantik, who was 82 at the time of his death, had served his Country as a diplomat in a number of countries in Africa, Europe and South America, His diplomatic career began in Switzerland in 1952 when he was offered a staff position in the Indonesian Embassy while visiting that country on an arts mission. A naturally gifted linguist, Djelantik was fluent in at least 8 languages including Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Indonesian and Balinese.

In the late 1950s, Djelantik moved to Japan where he was assigned an administration post in handling war reparations paid by that government to Indonesia following World War II. After his Japan posting he moved on to serve as an Ambassador to three African nations: Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia. In 1968 he returned to Asia serving as the Indonesian Consul in Hong Kong (1968-1969). He later served as Consul General in Kobe, Japan before moving to South America where he represented Indonesia as an Ambassador to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

The body washing is performed by close family to prepare the deceased for cremation on 10th June 2007.After being washed with ‘Tirtha’ (holy water) the body is wrapped in cloth,blessed by the ‘Pedanda” (priest) and place in the Pavilion of the Dead within the confines of Puri Agung Karangasem (Royal Palace).During the week more ceremonies will take place culminating in the ‘Nabeng” royal cremation on Sunday.

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