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The Hindu purification ceremony of Melasti in Bali

The Balinese-Hindu beach ceremony of Melasti – celebrated in the days leading up to Nyepi, Bali's Hindu New Year and Day of Silence.


Balinese-Hindu worshipers pray with temple effigies during a Melasti ceremony on Purnama Beach in Bali, Indonesia

Balinese-Hindu worshipers pray with temple effigies during a Melasti ceremony on Purnama ("Full Moon") Beach in Bali, Indonesia.

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Balinese-Hindu faithful de-camp from trucks at Masceti Beach for the annual Melasti ceremony, Bali, Indonesia

Balinese-Hindu faithful de-camp from trucks at Masceti Beach for the annual Melasti ceremony in Bali, Indonesia.

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Balinese women and young girls carry Hindu offerings to Pantai Masceti in Gianyar, Bali during a Melasti festival

Balinese women and young girls carry Hindu offerings to Pantai Masceti in Gianyar, Bali, during a Melasti festival.

© 2017 Ubud High.

Muslim vendors wait for customers at their ice-cream and grilled sausage stall at Pantai Masceti during a Melasti beach ceremony, Bali

Muslim vendors wait for customers at their ice-cream and grilled sausage stall at Pantai Masceti during a Melasti beach ceremony, Bali.

© 2017 Ubud High.

Balinese-Hindu women carry offerings to the beach during a Melasti ceremony at Pantai Masceti in Gianyar, Bali

Balinese-Hindu women carry offerings to the beach during a Melasti ceremony at Pantai Masceti in Gianyar, Bali.

© 2017 Ubud High.

Balinese-Hindu devotees prepare to carry sacred temple effigies and offerings to the beach at Pantai Masceti in Gianyar, Bali

Balinese-Hindu devotees prepare to carry sacred temple effigies to the beach at Pantai Masceti in Gianyar, Bali.

© 2017 Ubud High.

Hindu devotees carry offerings during a Melasti ceremony on Purnama Beach, Bali

Hindu devotees carry sacred temple effigies and offerings during a Melasti ceremony on Purnama Beach, Gianyar, Bali.

© 2017 Ubud High.

Balinese Hindus carry temple effigies back to their village during a Melasti procession on Purnama Beach in Bali, Indonesia

Balinese Hindus carry temple effigies back to their village during a Melasti procession on Purnama Beach in Bali, Indonesia.

© 2017 Ubud High.

A sacred barong is carried by Balinese-Hindu devotees after a Melasti ceremony on Purnama Beach, Bali

A sacred barong is carried by Balinese-Hindu devotees after a Melasti ceremony on Purnama Beach in Bali, Indonesia.

© 2017 Ubud High.

A gamelan orchestra accompanies Hindu devotees and temple effigies back to their village after a Melasti ceremony on Purnama Beach, Bali

A mobile gamelan orchestra returns home after a Hindu Melasti ceremony on Purnama Beach in Gianyar, Bali.

© 2017 Ubud High.

Sacred temple effigies accompanied by Balinese Hindus prepare to leave Masceti Beach after a Melasti ceremony in Gianyar, Bali

Balinese-Hindu men and women accompany sacred temple effigies on their way back home from Masceti Beach after a Melasti ceremony in Gianyar, Bali.

© 2017 Ubud High.

Balinese-Hindu men mount trucks to return to their villages after an annual Melasti ceremony at Masceti Beach in Gianyar, Bali

Balinese-Hindu men mount trucks to return to their villages after an annual Melasti ceremony at Masceti Beach in Gianyar, Bali.

© 2017 Ubud High.

A village gamelan orchestra waits to return home after a Hindu Melasti ceremony at Masceti Beach in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

A village gamelan orchestra waits to return home after a Hindu Melasti ceremony at Masceti Beach in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.

© 2017 Ubud High.


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