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Kerauhan – voluntary mass-possession and trance dance – during an odalan, or annual temple festival, in Buleleng, North Bali.


Hindu women possessed by male spirits dance and smoke cigarettes at an annual Balinese temple festival

Hindu women possessed by male spirits dance and smoke cigarettes during a kerauhan at an annual Balinese temple festival in Buleleng, North Bali.

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Hindu devotees possessed by spirits during a mass-possession ceremony in Buleleng, North Bali

Hindu devotees are possessed by spirits during a kerauhan, or mass-possession ceremony, in Buleleng, North Bali.

© 2017 Ubud High.

A possessed woman douses herself in coconut water during a mass-possession ceremony in Bali, Indonesia

A possessed woman douses herself in coconut water during a mass-possession ceremony in Bali, Indonesia.

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Women voluntarily possessed by spirits dance and pray during a kerauhan at an annual temple festival in North Bali, Indonesia

Possessed Balinese-Hindu women dance and pray during a mass-possession ceremony at an annual village temple festival in North Bali, Indonesia.

© 2017 Ubud High.

Young Balinese women possessed by Chinese spirits chatter in fluent Chinese during a mass-possession ceremony in Buleleng, North Bali

Young Balinese women possessed by Chinese spirits chatter in fluent Chinese during a mass-possession ceremony in Buleleng, North Bali.

© 2017 Ubud High.

A Balinese-Hindu woman possessed by a male spirit dances during a mass-possession ceremony in North Bali, Indonesia

A Balinese-Hindu woman, possessed by a male spirit, dances while in trance during a mass-possession ceremony at an odalan festival in North Bali, Indonesia.

© 2017 Ubud High.

A Balinese-Hindu man in deep trance during a mass-possession ceremony at a temple festival in North Bali, Indonesia

A Balinese-Hindu man in deep trance during a mass-possession ceremony at a village temple festival in North Bali, Indonesia.

© 2017 Ubud High.

A possessed Hindu woman is supported by family members during a trance ceremony at a village temple festival in North Bali, Indonesia

A possessed Hindu woman is supported by family members during a trance ceremony at a village temple festival in North Bali, Indonesia.

© 2017 Ubud High.

Balinese villagers in deep trance during a mass-possession ceremony at a temple in Buleleng, North Bali

Balinese villagers in deep trance during a mass-possession ceremony at a temple in Buleleng, North Bali.

© 2017 Ubud High.

A Hindu woman in deep trance is possessed by a monkey spirit during a village temple festival in North Bali, Indonesia

A Hindu woman in deep trance is possessed by a monkey spirit during a village temple festival in North Bali, Indonesia.

© 2017 Ubud High.

Balinese-Hindu women in deep trance during an annual village temple festival in Bali, Indonesia

Balinese-Hindu women in deep trance during an annual village temple festival in Bali, Indonesia.

© 2017 Ubud High.


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