Skulls on display with offerings at a cemetery in Bali’s Trunyan village. Photo: AFP Skulls on display with offerings at a cemetery in Bali’s Trunyan village. Photo: AFP
Skulls on display with offerings at a cemetery in Bali’s Trunyan village. Photo: AFP

Bali’s ‘Skull Island’ keeps open-air burial tradition alive, despite coronavirus pandemic

  • Villagers in Trunyan, who leave bodies to decompose in the open, say it’s tourists who bring in the threat of the Covid-19 disease
  • They are persisting with the centuries-old ritual even as the pandemic upends burial practices worldwide

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Skulls on display with offerings at a cemetery in Bali’s Trunyan village. Photo: AFP Skulls on display with offerings at a cemetery in Bali’s Trunyan village. Photo: AFP
Skulls on display with offerings at a cemetery in Bali’s Trunyan village. Photo: AFP
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