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Ritual Melasti ceremony

  • It takes a village: Balinese Hindus walk along Lembeng Beach in Gianyar during the Melasti purification ritual on March 14.JP/Agung Parameswara

    It takes a village: Balinese Hindus walk along Lembeng Beach in Gianyar during the Melasti purification ritual on March 14.JP/Agung Parameswara

  • King of spirits: Male participants carry the sacred Tiger Barong. JP/Agung Parameswara

    King of spirits: Male participants carry the sacred Tiger Barong. JP/Agung Parameswara

  • Sprinkle of water: A Balinese sprinkles holy water over participants of the Melasti ceremony at Lembeng Beach. JP/Agung Parameswara

    Sprinkle of water: A Balinese sprinkles holy water over participants of the Melasti ceremony at Lembeng Beach. JP/Agung Parameswara

  • High in the sky: Ritual paraphernalia from temples are brought to beaches during Melasti. JP/Agung Parameswara

    High in the sky: Ritual paraphernalia from temples are brought to beaches during Melasti. JP/Agung Parameswara

  • Into the waves: A man throws a duck into the ocean as an offering during Melasti. JP/Agung Parameswara

    Into the waves: A man throws a duck into the ocean as an offering during Melasti. JP/Agung Parameswara

  • Altered state: A man attempts to stab himself with a kris dagger while in a state of trance. JP/Agung Parameswara

    Altered state: A man attempts to stab himself with a kris dagger while in a state of trance. JP/Agung Parameswara

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