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A rain dance by a dry lake in Yogyakarta

  • Children play on the drought-parched Serpeng Lake in Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta.  JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

    Children play on the drought-parched Serpeng Lake in Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

  • Two villagers carry offerings before the ritual.  JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

    Two villagers carry offerings before the ritual. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

  • Two tayub dancers sprinkle rose and jasmine petals to mark the beginning of the ritual. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

    Two tayub dancers sprinkle rose and jasmine petals to mark the beginning of the ritual. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

  • A tayub dancer helps a fellow dancer do her hair. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

    A tayub dancer helps a fellow dancer do her hair. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

  • Two women bring their babies forward to ask  for blessings from tayub dancers. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

    Two women bring their babies forward to ask for blessings from tayub dancers. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

  • The dancers perform the gambyong welcome dance. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

    The dancers perform the gambyong welcome dance. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

  • Villagers drop voluntary contributions into a basket. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

    Villagers drop voluntary contributions into a basket. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

  • Dozens of  children watch a performing tayub dancer.  JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

    Dozens of children watch a performing tayub dancer. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

  • Male spectators join the dance. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

    Male spectators join the dance. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

  • Most villagers take part in the ritual. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

    Most villagers take part in the ritual. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

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