Balinese New Year
Ogoh Ogoh are terrifying monster figures that are paraded throughout the villages and streets of Bali on the Balinese New year's Eve or Nyepi.
Ogoh-ogoh were once built from natural materials and were once burnt in the village meeting place or on the beaches. Now they are largely fashioned from paint and polystyrene and lie broken abandoned in villages throughout he island.
The statues are built for the Ngrupuk parade. "The main purpose of the making of Ogoh-ogoh is the purification of the natural environment of any spiritual pollutants emitted from the activities of living beings (especially humans). The forms of Ogoh-ogoh represent the Bhuta-Kala (Bhuta: eternal energy, Kala: eternal time), according to Hindu teachings. The imperceptible potentials of nature cannot be thoroughly explored by anyone. Philosophically, civilized men are required to manage the natural resources without damaging the environment itself."
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