Image: Kepeng - Chinese coins

Kepeng - Chinese coins

Kepeng (Chinese coins) Bali, Indonesia. Australian Museum Collection

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In the past, an anthropomorphic (human-like) figure made from Chinese coins and cotton thread was placed lengthwise on the body after death. Called the 'measure', it ensured that after rebirth, the deceased's bones would be in the right dimensions and arrangement. Today, Chinese coins, rice and other offerings are thrown from the cremation tower as it travels to the cremation ground.

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