The Night the Demons Walk

The figures you see in the photos below are known as Ogoh-Ogoh and are at the heart of a wonderful Balinese tradition. These photos were shot at the annual Ngrupuk parade, held every year in Bali the night before Nyepi, the Balinese Day of Silence. During that parade, these enormous handmade demons are carried down the streets on bamboo frames. The Ogoh-Ogoh are created by local teams who compete to create the most compelling figure; to that end they often are accompanied by musicians and the figures “dance” at intersections, with the men alternating lifting, lowering and twirling the frames. It’s amazing, and uniquely Bali. Learn more here:

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