The uniqueness of Trunyan Village

Trunyan is the name of a village in the area of Mount Batur, Kintamani District, Bangli Regency. This place is very famous for its uniqueness. Is it actually the uniqueness of this village that makes it so special?

Let’s explore together. To reach Trunyan Village, you have to travel 65 km from Denpasar or about 23 km from Bangli City. Along the way, you will pass the Penelokan tourist attraction where you can see Mount Batur and the surrounding area directly from the plateau.

From this place, you will be able to see the beauty of Lake Batur and feel the cool air of this plateau. The remains of the frozen lava from the eruption become a unique sight for tourists.

In addition, there is also the Toya Bungkah area which is famous for its hot springs on the slopes of Mount Batur, on the edge of the lake. This hot spring bath is perfect for relieving fatigue and fatigue after a long journey.

Skull Village

Trunyan Village

is across the lake, so you’ll need a boat to get there. You don’t need to worry because now a pier has been built in Kedisan Village to make it easier for tourists to visit this village.

You can rent a boat for IDR 250,000 with a capacity of up to 7 people in one boat. When you are on a boat you will feel the experience of crossing Lake Batur, around the lake, and at the same time heading to Trunyan Village. In about an hour you will soon arrive at this village.

After setting foot in Trunyan Village, you can immediately see that this village is surrounded by green hills and Lake Batur. That said, there is a Taru Menyan tree that spreads a fragrant smell around this village area.


According to local stories, this fragrant smell once attracted the attention of Raja Gede Pancering Jagat to the point that he came looking for this place. In this place, he met Ida Ratu Ayu Dalem Pingit in the pine forest.

It is said that it was in this place that they got married in the presence of the local people who were looking for food in the forest at that time.

Apparently, it was the Taru Menyan tree that incarnated as a goddess who was none other than Ida Ratu Ayu Dalem Piningit; wife of Raja Gede Pancering Jagat.

Before carrying out the wedding feast, the King asked the residents to build a village called “Taru Menyan” which over time was simplified to become “Trunyan.”


Has a variety of uniqueness

But the most interesting of this uniqueness is about the funeral system. Unlike the Balinese Hindu community in general who perform cremation / ngaben on the bodies of their deceased family members, in this village, the bodies of the villagers who died are only placed on the ground in the village cemetery without being buried at all.

This tradition is apparently related to the Taru Menyan tree that grows in this village. It is believed that the fragrance generated by this tree is able to absorb and neutralize the unpleasant odors produced by rotting corpses.


Has three types of graves

which according to village customary rules can be distinguished based on age, body integrity, and the death process of the deceased. The main grave is the best and holy.

The corpses placed here are bodies that have intact bodies and have undergone a normal process of death (not having committed suicide or having an accident).

A second grave is a place for the corpses of babies, teenagers, and unmarried people. However, the rules are the same as those in the main grave. The third grave is called “Setra Bantas” which is intended for the corpses of people who suffer from disabilities, and those who experience unnatural or natural death processes such as suicide or accidents.

Skull Village

Of the three graves mentioned above, the most interesting is the main one. This grave is located only about 400 m north of the village.

The corpses that were here were left just on the ground covered with cloth from the feet to the chest and around the corpses, a bamboo fence was used to separate the corpses from the others.

There are seven holes/niches used to hold the corpses and if all of these holes are full, the hole that the corpse is in for the longest will be used, taking away the previous corpse.

The corpse, which used to be a skeleton, will be placed next to the hole. So don’t be surprised or scared if you see lots of human bones scattered about in this grave. But actually, the bones are the main attraction of this place.

Another uniqueness of Trunyan Village

are its archaeological remains. The Trunyan inscription with Saka year 891 states that there is a temple in this village called Pancering Jagat, like the name of the king who built this village.

In this temple, there is a sacred building with seven levels of roof (Meru) and inside there is a giant stone carving as high as 4 meters which is highly sanctified by the villagers.

Apart from these carvings, there is also a Barong Brutuk dance, a barong made from dried banana leaves which is believed to be the manifestation of Raja Pancering Jagat.

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