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He looks like he belongs on a sci-fi film set but the fearsome character in this 5 x 7 photographic print is a Balinese ogoh-ogoh, a giant effigy that gets trooped about the streets on the eve of Nyepi, the Balinese New Year.

While Nyepi is a sacred day, the Ngrupuk – a madcap night of ogoh-ogoh parades in villages all over the island - seems more akin to Halloween celebrations.

A crazy mix of demons and wrong-doers are characterised by these artfully constructed papier-mâché idols, including the leyak queen Rangda and her protégée, Celuluk.

You can see a fabulous Celuluk mask - and the miniature carve bone replica of it that I had made - here - http://www.etsy.com/listing/70218523/celuluk-bali-mask-carved-bone-cabochon?ref=v1_other_1

I photographed the orange ogoh-ogoh in this listing in Padang Tegal, Ubud, in March 2006 while I was living in Bali for an extended period. You can also see a scrapbook layout that I created using a print of the image.

Scrapbooking is my way of being in Bali when I can't be there. Working with my photos and the stories that go with them brings it all back.

If you've come away from the island as bewitched by it as me but found some gaps in your collection of holiday snaps, then add me to your shop favourites and check here for new images that I'll be adding from time to time. Feel free to convo me too, in case I have what you're looking for.

This photo has been professionally printed on Fujicolor Crystal Archive photographic paper with a glossy finish.

It features my original photography and will be sealed inside an archivally sound polypropelene bag and shipped in a sturdy Australia Post mailer.

If you'd like to see more images, you'll find my Travel photography section here - http://www.etsy.com/shop/Indounik?section_id=7349423

AT A GLANCE
Size: 5 x 7 in (please convo me if you'd like a different size)
Finish: Glossy
Printed on: Fujicolor Crystal Archive photographic paper
Shipping: This item will ship from Bali via Pos Indonesia registered mail, and you will almost certainly have to sign for it on delivery. It will be shipped in a protective, archivally sound plastic sleeve inside a sturdy cardboard mailer. Please convo me for free shipping of additional prints. The fees you see listed here are for shipping a print with other more bulky items listed in my shop.
Extra info: There will be no watermark on your printed image. Due to varying monitor settings there may be slight differences between what you see on your screen and the actual colour.

BACK STORY
The best time to be in Bali, in my book, is in the lead-up to Nyepi, the Balinese New Year.

This sacred observance is also known as the Day of Silence because the whole island, including the airport, closes down for 24 hours on the designated day in March each year.

I think some tourists stay away from Bali at this time, thinking the Day of Silence might hamper their holiday though it really just results in an enforced lazy day by the pool in their hotel.

What they're missing out on is the Ngrupuk, the ogoh-ogoh parades that takes place on the eve of this day of reflection and introspection.

The Ngrupuk has a serious purpose based on the Hindu beliefs of the island's inhabitants, and that is to help purify Bali's natural environment of the spiritual misdeeds of living creatures, especially humans.

However, that doesn't stop it being a fun spectacle for the whole family, whether you're Balinese or a visitor to the island.

In the weeks leading up to Nyepi, there's a hive of industry in villages everywhere as boys and youths design and construct ogoh-ogoh in bale banjar, community halls and back alleys.

On Nyepi Eve, each ogoh-ogoh is mounted on bamboo platforms and escorted through the village streets by a rabble of noisy young men, kids, dogs and gamelan orchestras, only to be torched in the local cemetary before midnight strikes and the Day of Silence begins.

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Fearsome 5 x 7 Travel Photography Print - Balinese Ogoh Ogoh

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Material: Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper
  • Ships worldwide from Indonesia
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