Ogoh Ogoh, getting rid of Evil Spirits
(Pictures shot in 2006)
Large monsters, named Ogoh-Ogoh, made from bamboo and other materials, symbolize the evil spirits that one can encounter in life. On the day before Nyepi, the Balinese new year (usually in March), these monsters are carried around in the villages and cities in a spectacular carnival, and finally burned as a way of exorcising evil.
Many people, and specially the youth of Bali, find great fun in creating the Ogoh Ogoh, and the carnival is enjoyed by all. Here a few panoramas of Ogoh Ogoh I found on the street, while traveling to Denpasar. The last panorama on this page has Arjuna fighting the evil spirit.
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Ogoh Ogoh 1 Denpasar, before Nyepi
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Ogoh Ogoh 2 Denpasar, before Nyepi
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Ogoh Ogoh 3 Denpasar, before Nyepi
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Ogoh Ogoh 4 Denpasar, before Nyepi
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