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Lifelike statue being inspected

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Item #287475 | Published 6/9/08
A Balinese man checking the paint on a statue in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, which will be paraded for the festival, Pengrupukan. This celebrates the New Year and the arrival of spring. The festival's aim is to roust out the devils which have gone into hiding on the island. The Balinese make elaborate offerings to lure the devils out and then run through the streets, their bodies painted, bearing torches and making noise to drive them off the island. The following day is Nyepi, when the emphasis is on silence and introspection; businesses are closed and people stay at home.
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