Ondel-ondel is a form of folk performance originated from Jakarta, using large puppets made of woven bamboo. It’s normally about 2.5 meters tall. But in this special occasion to commemorate the arrival of the Balinese Hindu New Year (Nyepi), the people converted the two ondel-ondels as Balinese ogoh-ogoh—giant statue standing on a pad built of timber planks and bamboos, of which purpose is the purification of the natural environment of spiritual pollutants. The giant statues are then paraded by dozens of men around the National Monument, the main landmark of Jakarta.

Jakarta, Indonesia, 2013

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