Ogoh-Ogoh, the effigies festivals

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Ogoh ogoh are the effigies statues built for the Ngrupuk parade, which takes place on the eve of Nyepi day in Bali, Indonesia. This year, Pengrupukan Day falling on March 11, 2013 and at the time the City of Denpasar will hold the Parade of Ogoh-ogoh.

These unique big statues are normally have form of mythological beings, mostly demons and represent spiritual aims inspired by the philosophy of Hindu. The main purpose of this ogoh ogoh is as the purification of the environment of the humans. Philosophically, we – humans, are required to manage the natural resources without damaging the environment itself. Ogoh-ogoh are usually made by the group of people in almost ‘banjar’ (the local community) in villages around Bali. After being paraded on a convoy around the town, finally it is burnt to ashes in a cemetery as a symbol of self-purification.
During the procession, the Ogoh-ogoh is rotated counter-clockwise three times, especially at every T-junction and crossroad of each village. This represents the contact of the bodies with the spirits also for the evil spirits to go away and cease harming human beings.

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