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Feeding spirits in Bali

The Sidakarya mask feeds the spitits during the ceremony of ” house cleaning”.
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Waiting for a buffalo sacrifice ceremony. Sulawesi Island

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A Toraja village located south of Rantepao.

An early March afternoon. The culmination of  funeral ceremony comes in a few minutes.  All guests gathered around a village’s  square wait for appearance of  first buffalo.


Topeng Tua dance in Ubud.

Purification rites at private house in Ubud.  The mask is called Tua and depicts an old man.


White Karen women from Mae Sariang.

I spent lovely days in Mae Sariang area. The Karen hilltribe people live in the lush, green hill country located 4 hours drive from the city of Chiang Mai.

The rain season has begun in Thailand. The Karen spend entire days working on the fields. During the day mostly old women sit on a porch their wooden houses. The time of festivals and holidays come in December.


Akha girl in Chiang Mai.

The girl in traditional Akha garb visiting Chiang Mai.


Walking in Ubud. Bali island

You can guess where they walk ? White shirts…they must be on the way to a temple.


Tari belibis dance in Ubud.

Balinese dance about beautiful bird called Tari Belibis performed in Ubud.


Galungan Kuningan time in Bali.

The Agung bros at their family compound in Ubud during Kuningan festival.


Angami Naga man in Kohima. Nagaland

Angami  man in traditional shawl on the street of Kohima town.


Shwe Yan Pyay in Shan State.

You will find more romantic old monasteries in Shan state, but Shwe Yan Pyay has its charm. The monastery built in the late 18th century is conveniently located, only 3 km from Nyaungshwe downtown.


Khom fai lantern is lauched during Loi Krathong.

November Loi Krathong festival in Bangkok in 2009. Thousands sky lanterns are lauched in the air.


Indian pilgrim at Besakih Temple in Bali.

Pura Besakih on the slope of Agung volcano attracts many pilgrims and tourists.


The Batak dance in Samosir Island.

The original Batak’s culture was destroyed with the arrival of Christian missionaries. Today you can watch the Batak dance performance only at the museum located on Samosir Island on Toba Lake. The Batak women move slowly with a kind of dignity. Most of the dances are related to field’s work and harvest.


Ashanti fisherman in Bosumtwi lake.

Sacred  Botsumtwi Lake near Kumasi is a place where the dead bid farewell with God Twi. Local fishermen don’t disturb the travelling souls and use only wooden planks.


The celebration of Chinese New Year in Bangkok.

The man in Bangkok’s China Town lights up the temple incense.


Horse sacrifice in Sumba.

The photo taken during a funaral ceremony in West Sumba. A neighbor of the deceased brings a sacrifice horse at noon. The animal decorated with a plum will be killed at the grave in a few hours later.


At the front of a temple. Lake Beratan in Bali.

Balinese men after prayers in Ulun Danu Bratan.


Balinese priest during cremation ceremony.

The cremation ceremony took place in Ubud and lasted a few hours. The priest prayed for souls of three deceased people.


Father and son during Kuningan celebration time.

Agung with his son Ode during last Kuningan in Ubud.


Legong dance in Ubud Palace. Bali Island

Legong dance was performed only by virgins before touristic era in Bali. Today the show belongs to highlights of every Balinese trip. Professional dancers, mostly short overweight girls in beautiful costumes entertain visitors during evening performances.


Balinese guide at Goa Gajah. Ubud


The guide explains the power of a stone Ganesha at cave Goa Gajah.