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The spirit moves

  • Priests pray before entering Puseh Temple during Ngusaba Kapat in Selumbung village, Karangasem district, Bali. JP/ Agung Parameswara

    Priests pray before entering Puseh Temple during Ngusaba Kapat in Selumbung village, Karangasem district, Bali. JP/ Agung Parameswara

  • A man holds up a sacred kris at Panti Timrah Temple in Paksebali village during the Dewa Masraman ritual, known as the “battle of deities”. JP/ Agung Parameswara

    A man holds up a sacred kris at Panti Timrah Temple in Paksebali village during the Dewa Masraman ritual, known as the “battle of deities”. JP/ Agung Parameswara

  • A young woman in a trance takes part in Ngusaba Kapat
at Puseh Temple. JP/ Agung Parameswara

    A young woman in a trance takes part in Ngusaba Kapat at Puseh Temple. JP/ Agung Parameswara

  • A woman carries a sacred statue at Petilan Temple during the Pengerebongan ritual in Kesiman village, Denpasar. JP/ Agung Parameswara

    A woman carries a sacred statue at Petilan Temple during the Pengerebongan ritual in Kesiman village, Denpasar. JP/ Agung Parameswara

  • The ritual, held eight days after the Kuningan festival, celebrates the victory of dharma (virtue) over adharma (vice). Men dance in a trance during Ngusaba
Kapat in Selumbung village. Every year, according to the Balinese Hindu calendar, villagers celebrate the arrival of their ancestors in the ritual; they dance, bite and stab themselves with kris while in a trance. JP/ Agung Parameswara

    The ritual, held eight days after the Kuningan festival, celebrates the victory of dharma (virtue) over adharma (vice). Men dance in a trance during Ngusaba Kapat in Selumbung village. Every year, according to the Balinese Hindu calendar, villagers celebrate the arrival of their ancestors in the ritual; they dance, bite and stab themselves with kris while in a trance. JP/ Agung Parameswara

  • A boy, seen reflected in the mirror among a batch of offerings, walks to Panti Timrah Temple to attend the Dewa Masraman ritual. The ritual pays homage to
ancestors through offerings and various activities centered around the gods throughout the day, before effigies of deities are installed in palanquins and carried around the temple. JP/ Agung Parameswara

    A boy, seen reflected in the mirror among a batch of offerings, walks to Panti Timrah Temple to attend the Dewa Masraman ritual. The ritual pays homage to ancestors through offerings and various activities centered around the gods throughout the day, before effigies of deities are installed in palanquins and carried around the temple. JP/ Agung Parameswara

  • A man carries offerings as he walks to Guman Hill during the Ngusaba Gumang ritual at Bugbug village in Karangasem. JP/ Agung Parameswara

    A man carries offerings as he walks to Guman Hill during the Ngusaba Gumang ritual at Bugbug village in Karangasem. JP/ Agung Parameswara

  • The ritual, the largest in
Karangasem and involving four villages, celebrates ancestors of the community where the gods from the four different villages meet with the god of Gumang Hill. Men in a trance carry palanquins
during the battle of deities’ effigies, in which they rush around the temple and crash into each other. JP/ Agung Parameswara

    The ritual, the largest in Karangasem and involving four villages, celebrates ancestors of the community where the gods from the four different villages meet with the god of Gumang Hill. Men in a trance carry palanquins during the battle of deities’ effigies, in which they rush around the temple and crash into each other. JP/ Agung Parameswara

  • A man in a trance bites a chick while dancing during the battle of effigy deities, Dewa Masraman, at Panti Timbrah Temple in Paksebali village. JP/ Agung Parameswara

    A man in a trance bites a chick while dancing during the battle of effigy deities, Dewa Masraman, at Panti Timbrah Temple in Paksebali village. JP/ Agung Parameswara

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