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Open Access The yogic art of dying, Kundalinī yoga, and the Balinese pitra yadnya

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The yogic art of dying, Kundalinī yoga, and the Balinese pitra yadnya

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This article proposes that the complex public rituals of the Balinese pitra yadnya (sacrifices for the ancestors) can be understood as a localized form of Laya yoga, through which the dead person is instructed and assisted in the yogic art of dying. The arguments are based on recent, detailed ethnographic observations of the pitra yadnya, textual evidence, and comparisons with western studies of Laya and Kundalinī yoga.

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