Bhuta Yajna Ritual - Ubud, Bali
The Bhuta Yajna Ritual or Ngrupuk occurs on the island of Bali on the eve of their day of silence Nyepi. In preparation for this day of fasting and no electricity, offerings are given to the Hindu gods of Bali and beyond. Weeks of preparations go into building the ogoh-ogohs, demonic statues made of bamboo and paper symbolizing negative elements or malevolent spirits, which are paraded at dusk down the streets of each city and village. These statues are truly amazing as is the marching of and dancing with them that the individual troupes perform with their ogoh-ogohs.
I was really blessed to end up in Ubud, Bali during these festivities while on my recent trip to Indonesia working on a story about the floating fishing huts of Southwest Java. The Balinese pull out all stops for this festival and it was really amazing to document. Here are just a few images from Ngrupuk in Ubud, one 24 hour period of photographing. I had a great time, more images will come along as I finish more editing and post-production.
A short video clip from the festival.
Keywords: Bali, Bhuta Yajna Ritual, Indonesia, Ngrupuk, Nyepi, Ubud, festival, island, parade, ritual
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