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Name : Roland Bimoharto

NIM : 150000002
Lecturer: Sri Mulyani
Study : Multiple Writing
Focus : Descriptive Essay

Terunyan village or better known by the name Trunyan Village is one of the oldest
villages in Bali . The village is located on the east shore of Lake Batur, Kintamani, Bangli
District, Bali Province. It is said that the origin of the word Trunyan is associated with Taru
Menyan tree that exist in this village. This tree is unique because it can produce quite fragrant
smell. The atmosphere in the village is also very cool . People in Trunyan still adhere to the
values of the local customs, including one of which is the burial custom layout.
Trunyan air is very cool , the average temperature is 17 degrees Celsius and can go
down to 12 degrees Celsius . Batur lake with a length of 9 km and a width of 5 km is one of
the water sources and agricultural livelihoods Balinese south and east. Generally in Bali,
when a resident dies, the body will be burned. Cremation in Bali is a tradition commonly
called by the name Ngaben. But it does not apply in the Trunyan village. The people of
Trunyan do not cremate or bury their dead, but just lay them out in bamboo cages to
decompose, although strangely there is no stench. A macabre collection of skulls and bones
lies on the stone platform and the surrounding areas. The dead bodies don't produce bad
smells because of the perfumed scents from a huge Taru Menyan tree growing nearby.
The fact is only married person with normal condition who is allowed to be buried
there. Plus, a baby which have had broken milk teeth. People who died because of accident,
they will be buried at different place. They say, one who did something bad during the life,
the dead body will take longer time to be decomposed. But, the procession of decomposition
of good people will be faster.
Uniquely everybody put under the Taru Menyan large tree is not going to cause odor
as Taru Menyan tree is able to smell the fragrant scent and neutralize foul odors exist. Taru
means 'tree' and Menyan means 'nice smell'. The name of Terunyan was also derived from
these two words. According to villagers of Trunyan, every dead person's body must be
returned to the earth, and according to their beliefs in such a way that the body can be
restored to the earth.