A ceremony to celebrate Balinese heroics in the Puputan Margarana more than 70 years ago was held on Tuesday. (Antara Photo Nyoman Hendra Wibowo)

The Last Stand

BY :ANTARA PHOTO

NOVEMBER 20, 2019

Hindus bring offerings and sacred objects to the Margarana Heroes Cemetery in Tabanan, Bali, on Tuesday. A traditional ceremony was held to pray for the spirits of Balinese soldiers who perished during the Battle of Margarana, when I Gusti Ngurah Rai and his Ciung Wanara battalion, numbering less than one hundred, committed a puputan (last stand) against the advancing Dutch army. More than 400 Dutch soldiers were also killed during the battle. 

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