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Battle for blessings in grand Gerebeg

  • Royal soldiers exit from the Kamandungan gate of Surakarta Palace to mark the start of the Gerebeg Besar ritual. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Royal soldiers exit from the Kamandungan gate of Surakarta Palace to mark the start of the Gerebeg Besar ritual. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Long beans, red chili and sugar cane are arranged to shape the cone-shaped offerings. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Long beans, red chili and sugar cane are arranged to shape the cone-shaped offerings. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Ornaments made from sweet rice crackers and snacks are placed on the female-specific offerings. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Ornaments made from sweet rice crackers and snacks are placed on the female-specific offerings. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Surakarta Palace soldiers wearing official attire march toward the palace. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Surakarta Palace soldiers wearing official attire march toward the palace. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Royal servants carry offerings from the palace to the grand mosque. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Royal servants carry offerings from the palace to the grand mosque. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Veteran royal soldier, Margono, 75, holds a spear while on duty with the Sorogeni unit. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Veteran royal soldier, Margono, 75, holds a spear while on duty with the Sorogeni unit. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Foreign visitors watch the Gerebeg Besar procession. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Foreign visitors watch the Gerebeg Besar procession. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • People scramble for female-specific offerings at the Surakarta Palace. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    People scramble for female-specific offerings at the Surakarta Palace. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Residents jostle for parts of the male specific offerings. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Residents jostle for parts of the male specific offerings. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • A royal servant shows a handful of offerings he obtained. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    A royal servant shows a handful of offerings he obtained. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Royal servants collect fragments of offerings at the Surakarta Palace. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Royal servants collect fragments of offerings at the Surakarta Palace. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

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