52 weeks series, Featured Articles, Indonesia

Before the Ceremony, Bali

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The 52 Weeks Series :: a photo a week, every week, in 2015.

Life in Bali revolves around appeasing God, ancestors and demons. Daily offerings are placed in shrines dotted around homes, villages and hotels in an attempt to keep harmonious relations between this world and the spirit world.

Ceremonies are a regular occurrence and small communities, like this one in Padang Bai, come together to celebrate their ancestors and honour the ruling deities of the temple.

Golden sashes shroud the crumbling walls and gateways. Brightly coloured parasols are dotted throughout the pavilions of the inner courts, and tables of offerings consisting of flowers, rice cakes and fruit groan under the weight of the multi-tiered platters.

Tourists are allowed to enter the temple as long as they respect the dress code. In Bali, both men and women must don a sarong tied with a sash and cover their shoulders. Our faded floral beach sarongs didn’t quite cut it against the bright, finely woven silks of the locals

The excitement was palpable inside the walls of the temple as this group of nervous giggling girls readied themselves for their dance routine in front of family and friends.