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Merti Golong Gilig ritual shows battle of good vs evil

  • Three giants representing evil fight with a knight representing the good at the Merti Golong Gilig festival in Dipowinatan Mergangsan in Yogyakarta on Aug. 18. The festival aims to foster unity among the residents as well as develop tourism in the neighborhood. The festival was also held to celebrate Independence Day. JP/Aditya Sagita

    Three giants representing evil fight with a knight representing the good at the Merti Golong Gilig festival in Dipowinatan Mergangsan in Yogyakarta on Aug. 18. The festival aims to foster unity among the residents as well as develop tourism in the neighborhood. The festival was also held to celebrate Independence Day. JP/Aditya Sagita

  • A small mountain made from rice cake [arem-arem] waits to be carried around the kampung. JP/Aditya Sagita

    A small mountain made from rice cake [arem-arem] waits to be carried around the kampung. JP/Aditya Sagita

  • A troop of men wearing royal Javanese soldier attire carry the arem-arem mountain in the kampung. JP/Aditya Sagita

    A troop of men wearing royal Javanese soldier attire carry the arem-arem mountain in the kampung. JP/Aditya Sagita

  • Residents watch with enthusiasm as the troop parades around the kampung carrying the small mountain of food. JP/Aditya Sagita

    Residents watch with enthusiasm as the troop parades around the kampung carrying the small mountain of food. JP/Aditya Sagita

  • Women and girls participate in the ceremony 2016.JP/Aditya Sagita

    Women and girls participate in the ceremony 2016.JP/Aditya Sagita

  • Children and adults have fun racing to get the arem-arem arranged like a small mountain. JP/Aditya Sagita

    Children and adults have fun racing to get the arem-arem arranged like a small mountain. JP/Aditya Sagita

  • A woman shows off her bounty from the mountain. JP/Aditya Sagita

    A woman shows off her bounty from the mountain. JP/Aditya Sagita

  • Residents share food provided by their neighbors. JP/Aditya Sagita

    Residents share food provided by their neighbors. JP/Aditya Sagita

  • Residents sing and dance. JP/Aditya Sagita

    Residents sing and dance. JP/Aditya Sagita

  • Children in attractive costumes join in the parade around the kampung. JP/Aditya Sagita

    Children in attractive costumes join in the parade around the kampung. JP/Aditya Sagita

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