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Megesah: ‘Torturing’ the newlyweds

  • Novi and Kadek sit in front of a priest during a Balinese traditional wedding on Feb. 2. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Novi and Kadek sit in front of a priest during a Balinese traditional wedding on Feb. 2. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • Kadek and Novi follow the ritual of a Balinese traditional wedding at Banjar Taman Yangbatu village in Denpasar on Feb. 2. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Kadek and Novi follow the ritual of a Balinese traditional wedding at Banjar Taman Yangbatu village in Denpasar on Feb. 2. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • Kadek and Novi perform Hindu prayers during the ceremony at Banjar Taman Yangbatu, Denpasar, on Feb. 2. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Kadek and Novi perform Hindu prayers during the ceremony at Banjar Taman Yangbatu, Denpasar, on Feb. 2. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • Villagers tease Novi, who was married the day before, by asking intimate questions about her love life. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Villagers tease Novi, who was married the day before, by asking intimate questions about her love life. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • Kadek, the groom, laughs while watching his wife perform during the Megesah ceremony at Banjar Taman Yangbatu village, Denpasar. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Kadek, the groom, laughs while watching his wife perform during the Megesah ceremony at Banjar Taman Yangbatu village, Denpasar. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • Relatives smile as Novi performs during the Megesah ceremony. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Relatives smile as Novi performs during the Megesah ceremony. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • Novie is surrounded by members of a youth group at Banjar Taman Yangbatu village, Denpasar. They ask her personal questions during the Megesah ceremony. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Novie is surrounded by members of a youth group at Banjar Taman Yangbatu village, Denpasar. They ask her personal questions during the Megesah ceremony. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • Novie, the bride, laughs when the Banjar Taman Yangbatu youth group urges her to kiss her husband, Kadek, as a symbol of living in harmony in their married life. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Novie, the bride, laughs when the Banjar Taman Yangbatu youth group urges her to kiss her husband, Kadek, as a symbol of living in harmony in their married life. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • A glass of coffee, snacks and cigarettes are served on a table. The coffee is usually mixed with sugar and shrimp paste as a prank to symbolize the potential hardships of married life. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    A glass of coffee, snacks and cigarettes are served on a table. The coffee is usually mixed with sugar and shrimp paste as a prank to symbolize the potential hardships of married life. JP/Anggara Mahendra

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