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A blaze of glory.

  • Dancing flames: War participants fight during the Torch War ritual in Tegalsambi, Jepara, Central Java. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

    Dancing flames: War participants fight during the Torch War ritual in Tegalsambi, Jepara, Central Java. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

  • Watch out: Spectators react as two combatants wield flaming torches. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

    Watch out: Spectators react as two combatants wield flaming torches. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

  • Splash of color: Participants brave the sparkling flames during the Torch War. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

    Splash of color: Participants brave the sparkling flames during the Torch War. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

  • Simple tool: A decorated conical hat used as protective gear lies on dry banana tree fronds. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

    Simple tool: A decorated conical hat used as protective gear lies on dry banana tree fronds. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

  • Before the show: A Torch War participant shows his gloves and simple protective gear against fire smoke. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

    Before the show: A Torch War participant shows his gloves and simple protective gear against fire smoke. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

  • Ready to go: War participants pray before engaging in their torch battle. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

    Ready to go: War participants pray before engaging in their torch battle. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

  • The source: The main flame is paraded before the Torch War. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

    The source: The main flame is paraded before the Torch War. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

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