Balinese Believe : The Rites of Passage PDF Print E-mail
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The Balinese believe that the individual soul is reincarnated into many lifetimes, until through numerous struggles and stages it achieves union with the divine,. It is the duty of every Balinese to have children, to provide a vessel for his ancestor’s spirits to be reincarnated in. A man does not become a full members of his banjar until he is a father. Children are loved and highly prized in Bali, especially male children, as they carry the blood line of the family and also look after the burial and cremation of their parents. As each lifetime is regarded as a passage from one state to another, so also there are critical stages during life where an important passage occurs leading toward adulthood. It is the duty of family and friends to help each child through these passages.

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