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The Return of ‘Mbok Sri,’ a celebration of the rice harvest

  • Rice stems, grown with organic fertilizer, are hung on bamboo poles. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

    Rice stems, grown with organic fertilizer, are hung on bamboo poles. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

  • Men carry a lesung (mortar), which women hit to create rhythms during the Gejog Lesung performance. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

    Men carry a lesung (mortar), which women hit to create rhythms during the Gejog Lesung performance. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

  • A man walks past the rice stems hung on bamboo poles. Delanggu is famous for its Rojo lele rice variety. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

    A man walks past the rice stems hung on bamboo poles. Delanggu is famous for its Rojo lele rice variety. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

  •  Several boys from the Sayuk Rukun Tibayan community in Klaten, Central Java, sit while waiting for their turn to perform the Tandur (to grow) dance. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

    Several boys from the Sayuk Rukun Tibayan community in Klaten, Central Java, sit while waiting for their turn to perform the Tandur (to grow) dance. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

  •  Three boys laugh while shooing sparrows with “memedi sawah” (a scarecrow). JP/Magnus Hendratmo

    Three boys laugh while shooing sparrows with “memedi sawah” (a scarecrow). JP/Magnus Hendratmo

  • Two women get ready to perform Gejog Lesung by placing dried banana leaves on their heads. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

    Two women get ready to perform Gejog Lesung by placing dried banana leaves on their heads. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

  • Boys from the Hadroh Al Fatah troupe play tambourines. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

    Boys from the Hadroh Al Fatah troupe play tambourines. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

  •  The sound of rustling black rice gives a unique effect to the musical performance by the farmers during the Mbok Sri Mulih show. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

    The sound of rustling black rice gives a unique effect to the musical performance by the farmers during the Mbok Sri Mulih show. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

  • Children perform a Tandur dance during the cultural festival. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

    Children perform a Tandur dance during the cultural festival. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

  • A Pala Gumantung offering is placed in the field after being paraded around the village. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

    A Pala Gumantung offering is placed in the field after being paraded around the village. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

  •  People of Delanggu in Klaten regency, Central Java, watch the performance during the Mbok Sri Mulih Festival. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

    People of Delanggu in Klaten regency, Central Java, watch the performance during the Mbok Sri Mulih Festival. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

  • Girls and boys perform the Saman dance from Aceh during the festival. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

    Girls and boys perform the Saman dance from Aceh during the festival. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

  •  A local artist, Agus Bimo, after performing as a mud man to express himself while wallowing in the mud. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

    A local artist, Agus Bimo, after performing as a mud man to express himself while wallowing in the mud. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

  •  Lintang, a professional dancer, adopts her role as Ibu Pertiwi during the Mbok Sri Mulih performance while other dancers take roles as "memedi sawah" (scarecrows), a symbol of pest expulsion. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

    Lintang, a professional dancer, adopts her role as Ibu Pertiwi during the Mbok Sri Mulih performance while other dancers take roles as "memedi sawah" (scarecrows), a symbol of pest expulsion. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

  •  Lintang performs a dance symbolizing a paddy field that has been exposed to chemical fertilizers. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

    Lintang performs a dance symbolizing a paddy field that has been exposed to chemical fertilizers. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

  • Four men play Bambu Gila (crazy bamboo), a mystical ritual usually performed on Indonesia’s Maluku Islands, where a group of strong men struggle to control a piece of bamboo, which moves uncontrollably as if it were possessed by a supernatural power. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

    Four men play Bambu Gila (crazy bamboo), a mystical ritual usually performed on Indonesia’s Maluku Islands, where a group of strong men struggle to control a piece of bamboo, which moves uncontrollably as if it were possessed by a supernatural power. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

  • Lintang performs Seni Jantur, a collaborative dance, using the paddy field as a stage to depict the fertility of Delanggu village, which comes from Mount Merapi and Si Gedang water springs. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

    Lintang performs Seni Jantur, a collaborative dance, using the paddy field as a stage to depict the fertility of Delanggu village, which comes from Mount Merapi and Si Gedang water springs. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

  • Dancers perform Mbok Sri Mulih, which symbolizes the return of Dewi Sri, the goddess of the harvest, especially of rice, in Delanggu village. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

    Dancers perform Mbok Sri Mulih, which symbolizes the return of Dewi Sri, the goddess of the harvest, especially of rice, in Delanggu village. JP/Magnus Hendratmo