People on the island of Bali in Indonesia have been celebrating the arrival of the spring with a special festival to drive devils from the land.
People on the island of Bali in Indonesia have been celebrating the arrival of the spring with a special festival to drive devils from the land. Although festivals of a similar nature are held annually, the Panca Wali Krama festival takes place only once a decade and marks the purification of Bali and its people.
SYNOPSIS: Much of Bali, an island of 2,000 square miles (5180 sq. kilometres) is made up of terraced rice-fields. But scattered among the rice-fields and cocoanut groves are more than 20,000 temples.
For the one-and-a-half million people living on Bali, daily life is dominated by the spirit world. The Besakih temple on Bali's highest mountain, Mount Agung, is the most sacred temple to the whole of the island. Since the Paca Wali Krama festival started in mid-April thousands of people have been coming to the Besakih temple each day with offerings for the gods.
The month-long festival marks the arrival of spring at the end of the troublesome rainy season, when even the earth is said to be sick and feverish. The islanders come to the temples to be purified and to pray that all evil spirits will be driven from their villages.