Terrifying skulls island have the spirit 'driving away' the smell of death

Trunyan Village (Bali, Indonesia) has a custom that makes many listeners feel chilly. Dead bodies are not buried but put in bamboo cages, exposed under the sun until they are decomposed.

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Trunyan Village (Bali, Indonesia) - skull island.
The entrance to the special graveyard of Trunyan village has long lines of straight skulls. That is what remains after their strange burial practice. Not all Trunyan villagers are entitled to that "privilege". The custom of placing dead bodies into bamboo cages, exposing the sun until completely decomposed is only for those who are married. Those who do not qualify will be buried normally in another cemetery. Photo: Getty.
Trunyan Village (Bali, Indonesia) - skull island.
When "qualified" people die, their bodies will be taken over the island across Lake Batur by boat. The relative washes clean, dress for the corpse, only to reveal the head. After that, people put these bodies in bamboo cages, expose under the sun. Photo: Getty.
Trunyan Village (Bali, Indonesia) - skull island.
Many people are concerned that not burying the body will cause bad effects. Pests, birds will come and destroy the dead body. The stench has also caused the island to pollute and contain potential diseases. However, the Trunyan have a basis to continue their tradition. Photo: Getty.
Trunyan Village (Bali, Indonesia) - skull island.
Trunyan Village (Bali, Indonesia) - skull island.
Taru Menyan is a magical tree on the island that people have speculated for more than 1,000 years. This tree gives off a special flavor that can dispel the smell of death. "If left at home, the corpse will stink. However, when placed around the Taru Menyan tree, you will not smell anything. It is the magic of the divine," a Trunyan villager answered the BBC. Photo: Getty, David Hatfield Photography.
Trunyan Village (Bali, Indonesia) - skull island.
The corpse after decomposing will be converted by taking the skull and placing it on the stone altar under the tree. Over the generations, the skull has formed a long line that makes it known as "skull island". Photo: David Hatfield Photography, Shutterstock.
Trunyan Village (Bali, Indonesia) - skull island.
Trunyan Village (Bali, Indonesia) - skull island.
Trunyan Village (Bali, Indonesia) - skull island.
Trunyan Village (Bali, Indonesia) - skull island.
The Trunyan people do not place too many bamboo cages around Taru Menyan. They use 11 cages because this is a sacred figure in Hinduism. When the number of dead people exceeds the number of cages, they will have to transfer the longest remains to an open area, if the bones are intact. Many skeletons lost bone before being transferred. People guess the monkeys on the island are the "culprits". Photo: David Hatfield Photography, Getty.
Trunyan Village (Bali, Indonesia) - skull island.
Women absolutely cannot set foot on this island. According to them, if a woman in the village deliberately came here, the whole Trunyan village would suffer horrific disasters such as earthquakes and volcanoes. Men will do it all, from bringing the remains to the island, bathing, and exhumation. Photo: Getty.
Trunyan Village (Bali, Indonesia) - skull island.
The mystery of "island skull" turns this place into a tourist attraction. According to Atlas Obscura, visitors here hardly complain about the stench of corpses. To come here, you will have to rent a boat (including donations to the village) for IDR 400,000 / person (about VND 650,000). Photo: Getty.

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