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Melasti in Mimika Harbor

  • Balinese Hindus prepare to carry out Melasti rituals. JP/Vembri Waluyas

    Balinese Hindus prepare to carry out Melasti rituals. JP/Vembri Waluyas

  • Papuans watch several Balinese Hindus boarding a boat to collect sea water to be used in Melasti rituals. JP/Vembri Waluyas

    Papuans watch several Balinese Hindus boarding a boat to collect sea water to be used in Melasti rituals. JP/Vembri Waluyas

  • A Balinese Hindu boy uses an umbrella for shelter from the heat. JP/Vembri Waluyas

    A Balinese Hindu boy uses an umbrella for shelter from the heat. JP/Vembri Waluyas

  • Timika is cloudy during the Melasti ceremony although weather in the city is usually clear. JP/Vembri Waluyas

    Timika is cloudy during the Melasti ceremony although weather in the city is usually clear. JP/Vembri Waluyas

  • Balinese Hindus pray for the Melasti ritual while Kamoro children sit and watch quietly at the Mimika coast. JP/Vembri Waluyas

    Balinese Hindus pray for the Melasti ritual while Kamoro children sit and watch quietly at the Mimika coast. JP/Vembri Waluyas

  • Kamoro people who are now living in the Pomako Harbor actually came from the coastal area of Mimika.  They fled their village due to a conflict among them triggered by village fund mismanagement. JP/Vembri Waluyas

    Kamoro people who are now living in the Pomako Harbor actually came from the coastal area of Mimika. They fled their village due to a conflict among them triggered by village fund mismanagement. JP/Vembri Waluyas

  • Two women float the offerings out to sea. JP/Vembri Waluyas

    Two women float the offerings out to sea. JP/Vembri Waluyas

  • Kamoro children eat fruit from the offerings. JP/Vembri Waluyas

    Kamoro children eat fruit from the offerings. JP/Vembri Waluyas

  • The Melasti rituals at the Pomako Harbour are held at an estuary because there is no open coastal area in Mimika. Most of the coastal areas are mangrove forest and that provides this area with plenty of crabs and fish. But lately, mangrove areas have been decreasing due to, among others, waste disposal through the Ajkwa River. JP/Vembri Waluyas

    The Melasti rituals at the Pomako Harbour are held at an estuary because there is no open coastal area in Mimika. Most of the coastal areas are mangrove forest and that provides this area with plenty of crabs and fish. But lately, mangrove areas have been decreasing due to, among others, waste disposal through the Ajkwa River. JP/Vembri Waluyas

  • Balinese Hindus in Timika pray as part of the Melasti rituals. JP/Vembri Waluyas

    Balinese Hindus in Timika pray as part of the Melasti rituals. JP/Vembri Waluyas

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