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Balinese dancer performing as red monkey king, Sugriva
Balinese dancer performing as red monkey king, Sugriva
A male dancer plays the red monkey king named Sugriva at a Ramayana performance in Ubud Village on Bali Island in August 1986. The Balinese dancer steps forward in an active male pose with his arms held out to the side and slightly forward. His thumbs and...
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Balinese farmer herds ducks into rice fields at dawn
Balinese farmer herds ducks into rice fields at dawn
A Balinese farmer herds a large flock of ducks into maturing rice fields at dawn. Two thatched roof buildings are visible in the background. Ducks are an important aspect in the ecology of Bali's wet-rice agriculture. Ducks are herded into fields well prior...
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Balinese girl performing welcome dance in green and gold costume holds fan
Balinese girl performing welcome dance in green and gold costume holds fan
An older Balinese girl performing a welcome dance in a green and gold costume holds her unfolded fan extended in her right hand. Her left hand is forward and bent back at the wrist. The dancer's eyes stare stright forward.
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Balinese landscape and farmwork painting
Balinese landscape and farmwork painting
This Balinese painting from the village of Ubud shows traditional themes of rice farmers in a lush tropical landscape. In a terraced vista of blue ponds and light green plants, three men work the land as a bare-breasted young woman passes by carrying a basket...
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Balinese leaf and flower offering basket on the ground
Balinese leaf and flower offering basket on the ground
Seen from above, a small, square offering basket contains red blossoms and shredded leaves. Several times each day, members of most Balinese families set out leaf and flower offering baskets on the ground near their homes and places of work. Most of these...
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Balinese man lets irrigation water into rice field as he begins to prepare soil
Balinese man lets irrigation water into rice field as he begins to prepare soil
A Balinese man lets irrigation water into his rice field from the flooded terrace above as he begins to prepare soil with a hoe at the lower level for transplanting seedlings. He works barefoot, deep in the mud, wearing shorts and a straw hat. A house, trees,...
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Balinese man walks with cow on path through wet-rice fields
Balinese man walks with cow on path through wet-rice fields
A Balinese man wearing shorts, T-shirt, and hat walks with a brown cow on path through wet-rice fields. Coconuts and other palm trees grow in the background. In the early morning, farmers lead their cows to grazing fields before they begin other work.
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Balinese masked dancer costumed as Sugriva the red monkey king
Balinese masked dancer costumed as Sugriva the red monkey king
A Balinese masked dancer is costumed as Sugriva, the red monkey king character from the Ramayana. Seen from the waist up, the male dancer wears a red knit shirt, elaborate sequined collar, gold crown, and a fanged wooden mask running from his nose down to...
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Balinese masked dancer performs character of old man
Balinese masked dancer performs character of old man
A Balinese masked dancer performs the character of an old man. The dancer's mask is carved of wood and painted with with large round eyes and a moustache. The dancer wears an elaborate red and gold cape over a white tunic. Masked dances have existed for over...
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Balinese men climb bamboo scaffolds to build brick house
Balinese men climb bamboo scaffolds to build brick house
Two Balinese men climb bamboo scaffolds to build a brick house. Many contemporary houses in Bali are built of bricks with or without stucco.
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Balinese priest in white clothes sprinkles holy water on kneeling women
Balinese priest in white clothes sprinkles holy water on kneeling women
A standing Balinese priest wearing white clothes and holding a silver bowl sprinkles holy water on kneeling women who hold out their cupped hands to receive the blessing. The women, who are formally dressed in long colorful sarong and sashes, many wearing...
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Balinese priest wearing black headdress and beads performs mantra
Balinese priest wearing black headdress and beads performs mantra
A Balinese priest wearing a black headdress and beads sits and performs a mantra, or meditative prayer using small hand gestures. At this Odalan temple festival, the priest will bless offerings and perform rites to symbolically purify the temple community....
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Balinese school children play soccer before classes
Balinese school children play soccer before classes
Nine Balinese school children in yellow T-shirts and green shorts play soccer before classes. Indonesian children begin school early, by 7 am. Exercise classes are scheduled near dawn before the tropical sunlight becomes too intense.
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Balinese school children stand together in their red and white uniforms
Balinese school children stand together in their red and white uniforms
Balinese school children stand together in a dense crowd wearing their red and white uniforms. Throughout Indonesia, elementary students are required to wear white shirts and red shorts or skirts. A red, or red and white, baseball cap completes the outfit.
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Balinese temple roof shows multi-tiered thatch construction
Balinese temple roof shows multi-tiered thatch construction
A Balinese temple roof shows their characteristic multi-tiered thatch construction. Coconut palm trees frame the background to the temple roofs. Most Balinese families belong to several different temples, which are associated with villages, sub-village neighborhoods,...
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Balinese weathervane and windchime posted on pole
Balinese weathervane and windchime posted on pole
A Balinese weathervane and windchime is posted high in the air on a bamboo pole. A front propeller catches the wind and turns attached flaps of bamboo to create tinkling sounds. A shadow puppet character waving his arms is mounted on the back of this noisemaker....
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Balinese woman buys pieces of raw chicken at an outdoor market
Balinese woman buys pieces of raw chicken at an outdoor market
A Balinese woman in a blue blouse and yellow skirt buys pieces of raw chicken from another woman at an outdoor market. The vendor, wearing a red jacket and a printed cloth around her hair, weighs the chicken pieces with a kilogram balance scale. A set of cylindrical...
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Balinese woman in sarong walks past rice field
Balinese woman in sarong walks past rice field
A mature Balinese woman wearing a long batik sarong and a long-sleeved gold blouse walks past a green rice field. With her gaze to the ground, the straight-backed woman strides quickly along the path. Her hair is knotted in a traditional bun and she wears...
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Balinese woman places offerings along path
Balinese woman places offerings along path
A Balinese woman wearing a long dark skirt with a bright pink sash crouches down to place spirit offerings along a stone walkway. The plaited basket she carries holds a set of prepared offerings made from flowers, leaves, and incense sticks.
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Balinese woodcarver finishing leaf
Balinese woodcarver finishing leaf
A Balinese woodcarver sits on the floor holding a nearly finished 'banana leaf' steady with his bare feet. This carefully carved leaf likely will fit with other pieces into a tree sculpture that will be painted and assembled for sale to tourists.
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