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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – BALI – CEREMONIES

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – BALI – CEREMONIES

It is said there is never a day in Bali without a ceremony of some kind and if you include all the life cycle rites (baby ceremonies, puberty rites, weddings, cremations, Temple festivals), then this saying is probably true. Some ceremonies usually lasts day or two, but larger ones (which occur every 5, 10, 30 or 100 years) can last for 11 days or longer. During ceremonies many offerings are made which consists of fruits, rice cakes and flowers these are brought in on women’s heads, placed around the temple and then are blessed with holy water by the temple Pemangku or priest. The pilgrims then pray, after blessings, drinking holy water is complete offerings are taken home to share with their families. The gods have taken the sari or essence of the offerings, leaving the “leftovers” for the humans to consume.  Most of ceremonies involves spectacular performances of music and dance by local groups and gamelan music. Here is some pictures from around Bali and it’s ceremonies.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – BALI – NYEPI IN UBUD

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – BALI – NYEPI IN UBUD

Every nation celebrates new year the difference is Balinese open their New Year in silence. This is called Nyepi Day, the Balinese day of Silence, which falls on the day following the dark moon of the spring equinox, and opens a new year of the Saka Hindu era which began in 78 A.D. You are not allowed to leave your hotel or house, no loud noises, no cooking, no music may be played, and TV stations do not broadcast on Nyepi. The day before however there is big celebration, the ogoh-ogoh dolls being carried through the streets of any major city or town in Bali. People make as much noise as possible to frighten away evil spirits. Here is pictures from parade of Ogoh-Ogoh creatures with a touch of HDR photography.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – BALI – KECAK AND FIRE DANCE

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – BALI – KECAK AND FIRE DANCE

People say that every visitor to Bali should see at least one traditional dance. This time I choose to see Kecak Ramayana and Fire Dance in Uluwatu. The combination of ancient ritual, dance, drama, sunset and stage on the cliff makes Kecak and Fire Dance one of the most spectacular dance performances.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – BALI TEMPLES IN HDR

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – BALI TEMPLES IN HDR

Countless temples anywhere you go in Bali and probably people have seen many postcards and pictures of them so to make something a little more interesting I did shoot most of them in HDR.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – PAPUA – PORTRAITS

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – PAPUA – PORTRAITS

One of most fascinating things in Papua is it’s people even though civilization and western world values change a lot on certain events people still dress and paint faces in they’re papuan fashion. Here is pictures of people from Baliem Valley in Papua. Three major tribes lives there – the Dani in the base, the Lani to the west and the Yali in the south-east.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – PAPUA – IRIAN JAYA

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – PAPUA – IRIAN JAYA

While staying in Wamena I was fortunate to witness governor elections in Irian Jaya. It took 5hr standing on the back of pickup truck to get to this place. It is political event and tourists usually not allowed even though I had permits to travel that far local police was not so happy seeing foreign guy with camera there. At the end everything worked out and now you can see some pictures how elections in Papua goes. Before politicians makes they’re speeches, running around with spears bows and arrows in hands crowd simulates war situation. After that everybody is fed (mainly potatoes) cooked in traditional way. All that food is delivered by participants shouting, running right in to the middle of crowed and dropping it on the grass. When belly’s are full people sit on the ground and listen what politicians has to say. Amazing scenery indeed.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – PAPUA – BALIEM VALLEY

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – PAPUA – BALIEM VALLEY

Trekking in Baliem valley through rain and sun is an unforgettable thing. You can wonder for days with home-stay in different villages. I choose to explore south east side of valley where Dani and Yali tribes lives. Each tribe has a distinct culture and different language. Houses and people looks similar but there is one sure and interesting way to distinguish between the tribes, from the “Koteka”, or penis gourd, used by the male members. The men of each tribe is cultivating a different style. The Dani use a long, thin Koteka, the Lani use a medium sized, wide cannon-like gourd, and the Yali wear the longest of all.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – PAPUA – WAMENA MARKET

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – PAPUA – WAMENA MARKET

The Wamena Market in Papua is one of  most colorful and exotic markets you can find. Locals from Baliem Valley comes in to Wamena town to sell goods. You can still see people from different tribes, sometimes wearing traditional clothing which means no clothing at all, only the penis guard from which you can distinguish the tribe one belongs.
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Daily Photo • LAOS

Daily Photo • LAOS

Laos is the least developed of the three former French Indochinese states. It is described as “country of 1000 smiles” and no doubt people are laid back and easy going. You need to get of tourist track to see something more interesting and this is easy to do if you can ride motorbike. There is many waterfalls, scenic mountains where you can find tribal villages and even though people in rural areas are camera shy you just need to spend some time hanging around, curious kids will come out and let you snap pictures of them.
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Daily Photo • SINGAPORE

Daily Photo • SINGAPORE

Mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western cultures. Singapore have made his mark in the world of modern architecture with buildings like Esplanade Theaters on the Bay complex. 2009 Singapore added to it’s skyline Marina Bay Sands casino resort. 6 million sq. ft. resort, which is the most expensive casino resort in the world. Clean and well organized public transport will get you anywhere you want to go. Everything in Singapore is 30min away. It is more expensive than other Asian cities though.
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