Farewell by Fire: Cremations in Bali and Thailand

April 6, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mānoa Campus, John A. Burns Hall, Room 3118 Add to Calendar

Please join us for a Public Seminar with Garrett Kam, Ritual Assistant, Pura Samuan Tiga Temple, Bali

Balinese Hindus cremate their dead in rituals very similar to, yet distinct from, those of Thai Buddhists. With images and video, Garrett Kam will highlight similarities and differences, looking at a variety of Balinese ritual levels and focusing particularly on the royal cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, which he witnessed in October 2017.

Hawaii-born Garrett Kam has lived in Indonesia for nearly 35 years. Since 1990, he has been the only non-Balinese ritual assistant and offerings maker at one of Bali’s most important temples, Pura Samuan Tiga. As a Fulbright grantee from 1987-89, he studied Balinese ritual art, focusing on temporary forms that are burned for cremations. From 2017-18, he taught Javanese dance at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, as artist-in-residence. An EWC grantee from 1985-87, he has performed and curated exhibits throughout Asia and written widely on the performing and visual arts.

Free and open to the public

Seating is limited

Please RSVP at: 944-7111 or EWCInfo@EastWestCenter.org

Paid parking is available on the UHM campus
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Email: EWCInfo@EastWestCenter.org
Phone: 944-7111

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East-West Center, Mānoa Campus

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