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    Nyepi, or the “Day of Silence,” is the start of the Balinese ‘Caka’ year and is a religious celebration. Its origins date back to the mythical times of gods, evil spirits, witches and bizarre superheroes. A precursor to Nyepi itself is the Melasti Festival, held in every town and village. It is a symbolic spring cleaning of Bali’s spirit in readiness for the big day. Large effigies of the gods are hauled to rivers and the sea for ritual bathing, prayers and religious offerings. After this ceremony, the first sighting of the fearsome Ogoh-Ogoh appears. These are huge effigies of evil monsters. Expect big bulging eyes, contorted faces and hands and enough fake blood to give young kids sleepless nights. These are carried through towns and villages in a traditional procession to the cacophony of deafening drummers, claxons, gamelan music. The idea is to make as much noise as is humanly possible in order to scare off all evil spirits. After dark these effigies are ceremoniously burnt, followed by much celebrations into the night. Drinking, dancing and feasting takes place in a rather chaotic fashion, all with the aim of driving these evil spirits far, far away, or at very least driving them insane.

    Mass Pray by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

    Procession by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

    Decorating by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

    Melasti At Ulun Danu by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

    Start Of Festival by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

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    Turn Back by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

    Up The Slope by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

    Second Ceremony by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

    Reflections by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

    Rount The Bend by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

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    Luck by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

    Clean water by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

    Teamwork by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

    Ready by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

    Salt Farmers by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

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    Default Re: Melasti, Ogoh-Ogoh & Nyepi, Bali, Indonesia

    Nice stuff!

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    Default Re: Melasti, Ogoh-Ogoh & Nyepi, Bali, Indonesia

    Thanks
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    Leading by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

    Dancing In The Streets by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

    Dusk by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

    Flame Blower by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

    Burm by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

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    Scary by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

    Instruments by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

    Footsteps by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

    Water Margin by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

    Swaying by Ning Yu Pao, on Flickr

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