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Usaba Sambah: Offering fit for a queen

  • A swing 20 meters tall is displayed at Pura Bale Agung, where the Usaba Sambah ritual takes place, in Subaya village. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    A swing 20 meters tall is displayed at Pura Bale Agung, where the Usaba Sambah ritual takes place, in Subaya village. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • Subaya villagers, carrying their offerings, wait for their friends from neighboring villages. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Subaya villagers, carrying their offerings, wait for their friends from neighboring villages. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • Villagers march to the ceremony site. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Villagers march to the ceremony site. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • Villagers enter a temple. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Villagers enter a temple. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • Women kneel while carrying their offerings on their heads. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Women kneel while carrying their offerings on their heads. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • A Hindu priest performs a ritual involving water. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    A Hindu priest performs a ritual involving water. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • Neighboring villagers encircle a swing while carrying flags, spears and offerings. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Neighboring villagers encircle a swing while carrying flags, spears and offerings. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • A man performs the Baris sacred dance for Queen Ayu Mas Subandar during the ritual. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    A man performs the Baris sacred dance for Queen Ayu Mas Subandar during the ritual. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • Villagers take shelter from rain and thunder inside a temple. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Villagers take shelter from rain and thunder inside a temple. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • A wooden swing is used in the Usaba Sambah ritual. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    A wooden swing is used in the Usaba Sambah ritual. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • The swing is decorated with offerings by the head of ceremony. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    The swing is decorated with offerings by the head of ceremony. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • Villagers take down all the offerings following the end of the ceremony. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Villagers take down all the offerings following the end of the ceremony. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • Three young men play on the giant swing the day after the ceremony. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Three young men play on the giant swing the day after the ceremony. JP/Anggara Mahendra