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...

Kumbh Mela 2019 – The procession and the holy dip

This is the main reason why tourists visit the Kumbh Mela and we were not the exception. We had seen numerous images of the wild looking holy...

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...

Besakih temple

A visit to a temple in Bali, is far different than one in Europe.  In Europe people marvel at how the stones were piled together, centuries ago. It’s...

Praying day in Karangasem

During nearly one week, on the beginning of January, there was the festival at Pura Dalem Putri, on the road access to Besakih (the mother temple of...

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