Ogoh-Ogoh 2018

Every year before Seclusion day (17 March 2018); there are ogoh-ogoh parade during the Pengerupukan day (one day before Seclusion day).
Ogoh-ogoh are paper mache-huge size-shaped creatures that are built for the Ngrupuk parade. The ogoh-ogoh are normally forms of mythological beings, mostly demons. As with many creative endeavours based on Balinese Hinduism. The creation of ogoh-ogoh represents spiritual aims inspired by Hindu philosophy.


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 (=eternal energy of 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.

Aside from being the symbol of Bhuta-Kala, ogoh-ogoh is considered a symbol of modes of nature that form the malicious characters of living beings. Each village usually build one ogoh-ogoh mainly build by each village's youth organization, but often some smaller ogoh-ogoh also built by groups of children around the village. Some artist also usually build one. After being paraded on a convoy around the town, finally it is burnt to ashes in a cemetery as a symbol of self-purification.

The bamboo-padded ogoh-ogoh  are normally being carried on eight or more men on their shoulders. This procession is accompanied by orchestral music performed by the youth. The use of flares is also a main part of the parade.

During the procession, the Ogoh-ogoh is rotated counter-clockwise three times. This act is done at every T-junction and crossroad of the village. Rotating the effigies during the cremational parade and the eve of Nyepi represents the contact of the bodies with the spirits. It is intended to bewilder the evil spirits so that they go away and cease harming human beings.










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12 comments:

  1. I’m really impressed by all the effort that must go into creating these demons.

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  2. Pengen ngerasain nyepi di Bali, tapi sampai sekarang belum kesamapaian nih. Semua listrik dimatikan gitu pasti bintang-bintang lebih kelihatan kali ya :)

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  8. It was so fascinating learning about ogoh-ogoh. I'd love to witness the event one day. Your outfit also looks fab!
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  11. thank you all for the lovely comments...
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