Ogoh-ogoh

Ogoh-ogoh is Bali’s most unique art forms, built for the Ngrupuk parade, which takes place on the eve of Nyepi Day in Bali. Ogoh-ogoh is the most sophisticated statues with many forms of mythological beings, such as demons or gods made of timber planks, bamboos, and Styrofoam. These statues represent the spiritual intention of the Bhuta Kala, the eternal energy and time, according to Hindu philosophy.

Some statues usually built in gigantic size it takes more than 5 people to carry on their shoulders. On the eve of Nyepi Day, the road is closed for the parade and the Ogoh-ogoh is being lifted onto the shoulders of the village men and carried around the village or the town square. The people will rotate the statue counter-clockwise three times, represents the contact of the bodies with the spirits. At the end of the parade, the villagers burn the ogoh-ogoh on fire on the beach. It means that the human already fulfilled their mission of neutralizing the negative forces on the island.

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