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Blitar’s coffee harvest ritual

  • Fragrant: A resident burns incense sticks to begin the coffee harvesting ritual in Wlingi district, Blitar regency, East Java. JP/ Sigit Pamungkas

    Fragrant: A resident burns incense sticks to begin the coffee harvesting ritual in Wlingi district, Blitar regency, East Java. JP/ Sigit Pamungkas

  • Showing gratitude: A number of residents sit in a circle and pray in front of a stone considered to be the highest punden (sacred place of the holy spirits). JP/ Sigit Pamungkas

    Showing gratitude: A number of residents sit in a circle and pray in front of a stone considered to be the highest punden (sacred place of the holy spirits). JP/ Sigit Pamungkas

  • Mature beans: A farmer picks the first coffee harvest during the procession. JP/ Sigit Pamungkas

    Mature beans: A farmer picks the first coffee harvest during the procession. JP/ Sigit Pamungkas

  • On the way to party: The parade carries kembar mayang (decorated clusters of coconut leaves) symbolizing the groom, Joko Gondel, guarded by three barongan (mythical anonsters to drive away evil spirits), proceeding to the factory. JP/ Sigit Pamungkas

    On the way to party: The parade carries kembar mayang (decorated clusters of coconut leaves) symbolizing the groom, Joko Gondel, guarded by three barongan (mythical anonsters to drive away evil spirits), proceeding to the factory. JP/ Sigit Pamungkas

  • Inseperable partner: A teenager brings kembar mayang (decorated clusters of coconut leaves) symbolizing the bride, Sri Gondel. JP/ Sigit Pamungkas

    Inseperable partner: A teenager brings kembar mayang (decorated clusters of coconut leaves) symbolizing the bride, Sri Gondel. JP/ Sigit Pamungkas

  • Black gold: The coffee beans from the harvest are washed with water after being peeled. JP/ Sigit Pamungkas

    Black gold: The coffee beans from the harvest are washed with water after being peeled. JP/ Sigit Pamungkas

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