Metatah (tooth filing) ceremony in Tulamben – II The ceremony

Once we were all ready, we drove to the ceremony place. A villager house, a few kilometres away. The Metatah (tooth filing) ceremony would occur as a...

Metatah (tooth filing) ceremony in Tulamben – I Preparation

Metatah (tooth filing ceremony) is one of the most important for a Balinese Hindu. It is, basically, the filing of the upper canine teeth. It is for...

Kumbh Mela 2019 – Tent City

We stayed for a whole week at Kumbh, walked over 2o km each day. My purpose wasn't just to get images, but to feel the event. If...

Kumbh Mela 2019 – Darshan (the contemplation of holy men)

Darsahn - The meaning In Indian philosophy and religion, particularly in Hinduism, the beholding of a deity (especially in image form), revered person, or sacred object is...

Sumba Island – general views and thoughts

If your idea of Indonesia is Bali, prepare for a totally different one, when visiting Sumba Island. People, sometimes, call it “primitive” which I cannot agree, as...

Trance and possession in Bali

I always say, when speaking about these subjects, that in Bali, one doesn’t need to have faith – just to watch.  Western people make this awkward mental...

Kumbh Mela 2019 – Prayagraj / Allahabad

After many years waiting, finally I had the chance to attend the “World’s largest congregation of religious pilgrims”. It is an indescribable, overwhelming, experience - something that...

Trunyan Cemetery

Trunyan is probably one of the best known “secrets” in Bali. It’s located on on the isolated eastern shore of the crescent-shaped Lake Batur, at the foot of...

Kon Tum – Vietnam

[caption id="attachment_509" align="alignnone" width="684"] Rong house (community house) for the Bahnar, Jarai and other ethnic minorities. Usually located on the central square, it is used for village...

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