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Bad Spirits! No room for You in our Land. #0

Posted by Jaya (Trieste, Italy) on 13 August 2017 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Once a year (but be warned: according to the Balinese calendar!) young people meets and - after a very joyous body-painting - they walk through dozens of villages - where all the people is expecting them.


They parade, singing, shouting, playing. Addressed to the whole Universe: "This is our land! Evil Spirits away from here!"

Through rice fields, forests and rivers. For hours and miles. They stop every once in a temple and pray.

"This is our land! Evil Spirits away from here!"

You would say: "folklore" - "primitivism."

But better to know that in Bali, the first day of the year (again according to the Balinese calendar!) three indications are strictly complied with:

- no fire

- no walking

- no working

plus one:

- Silence.

And, for 24 hours, the streets are deserted, no flights in or out!, all the families at home.

Why? There's an explanation: this is the day when the evil spirits are coming flying over the island. They see it deserted ... and they go where humans - taken from their activism - are not realizing what is happening, and let Bad Spirits enter in their villages, in their houses, in their hearts.

An example of a very powerful Bad Spirit? Greed!!!

Can you imagine something like in your country?

Can you imagine the power of 24 hours of silence...

24 hours with no TV, no Internet, no cars, no work, no planes, no politicians, no advertising, no newspapers, no thieves (in every village, for some urgencies you are authorized to move, of course, but a self-organized village guards pay attention to movements from special places called Bale – a rotten-built small house you can see in every village).

Look at their faces, look at the beauty of being aware of the personal and collective responsibility to be free!

To guarantee a balance between taking and giving - with the environment and among men - is the key of the Balinese spirituality in every day life.

That's why they smile and look at you in the eyes every time they meet another human being.

Maurizio Jaya Costantino

PS: "Thank you" in Indonesian is "Terima Kasih" - they say in Dictionaries.

But the true translation is: "To Give, To Receive"!

Nikon D90 1/500 second F/3.5 ISO 200 28 mm

bali | celebration | gods

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: Helen : from is currently photographing at home in, Australia

I am loving this series Maurizio. Love all this info too.
... and thank you in Balinese is "suksma".

13 Aug 2017 8:57am

@: Helen :: ....and suksma Helen :-) ...and yes...terima kasih is Indonisian, the language of the recent domination in Bali

STEED from D, France

Une image pour s'amuser,mais une vraie curiosité,cette série .....

13 Aug 2017 1:48pm

Le Krop from Charenton-le-Pont, France

J'aime beaucoup la façon dont tu as isolé cette image-là...

13 Aug 2017 1:55pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

belle composition

14 Aug 2017 10:07am

omid from mashhad, Iran

sad story ...
Amazing work!

15 Aug 2017 8:17pm