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Ogoh-ogoh are statues built for parade, which takes place on the Nyepi day in Bali. Ogoh-ogoh normally have form of mythological beings, mostly demons.The creation of Ogoh-ogoh represents spiritual aims inspired by Hindu philosophy.The main purpose of the making of Ogoh-ogoh is the purification of the natural environment of any spiritual pollutants emitted from the activities of living beings(especially humans). Ogoh-ogoh are made by the group of artists in villages around Bali. After being paraded on a convoy around the town, finally it is burnt to ashes in a cemetery as a symbol of self-purification.
An Ogoh-ogoh is standing on a pad built of timber planks and bamboos. The pad is designed to sustain the Ogoh-ogoh while it is being lifted and carried around the village or the town square. There are normally eight or more men carrying the Ogoh-ogoh on their shoulders. But we saw also many kids carying their small Ogoh-Ogoh,of course with help of their fathers and mothers. In the year 2011 this celebration was on March 4th. We have been in Ubud, attended huge procession at least 30 or more Ogoh-Ogohs, accompanied by orchestral music performed by the youth. During the procession, the Ogoh-ogohs are rotated counter-clockwise three times. This act is done at every T-junction and crossroad. Rotating represents the contact of the bodies with the spirits. It is intended to bewilder the evil spirits so that they go away and cease harming human beings.
Picture was done in the dark and rain, I had to use high ISO and relatively long exposure.

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