Ogoh ogoh

Last night was the ogoh ogoh parade, where papier mâché monsters are paraded through the streets and then burned to release the evil spirits lurking inside. The Balinese spend months creating these creatures and the details are truly spectacular. It almost seems a waste to burn them. However to not burn them would risk keeping those evil spirits alive, and we really do not want to risk that. Superstitions run high here, and I have seen enough to know that these things are very real.

The characteristics that feature in almost every single ogoh ogoh are long teeth, long nails and bulging eyes. Here is a small selection from last night: