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With storm clouds on the horizon, a group of young men stand at the edge of the sea to conclude a ceremony honoring their village. •
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After a 2km parade through their village, family members prepare the body of a loved one to be placed on an elaborate pyre, where flames will release the spirit from the flesh. •
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A man pauses in a moment of liquid meditation beneath a sacred spring in central Bali.
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Family members mix water with the ashes of the deceased during a traditional Balinese cremation ceremony •
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Beneath the dripping roots that ensnare Tirta Sudamala, a woman cleanses herself under a holy spring. Legend has it that the roots of the massive Banyan tree above the temple are the source of the sacred water. •
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Beneath the dripping roots that ensnare Tirta Sudamala, a woman cleanses herself under a holy spring. Legend has it that the roots of the massive Banyan tree above the temple are the source of the sacred water. • • • • • • • #sacredwater #water #spirits #blessings #meditation #plants #trees #prayer #temple #ritual #offering #portrait #asia #bali #indonesia #ceremony #vscocam #photojournalism #vegan #natgeo #health #35mm #love #travel #explore #sacred #belssed #waterislife 
Sacred water and flowers adorn a body as it is prepared for a traditional Balinese cremation. •
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A woman returns from making offerings in the sea as part of a village ceremony that has been underway for over 70 years. •
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A group of children repurpose a funeral pyre after it had been set out to sea.
A group of children repurpose a funeral pyre after it had been set out to sea.
Twice a year, in keeping with the traditions of Balinese Hinduism, all animals are blessed and honored with holy water and gifts. Here a woman gives thanks to the cows on a farm in Ubud.
Twice a year, in keeping with the traditions of Balinese Hinduism, all animals are blessed and honored with holy water and gifts. Here a woman gives thanks to the cows on a farm in Ubud.
Family members await a priest to bless a woman who went into a deep trance during prayer.
Family members await a priest to bless a woman who went into a deep trance during prayer.
Having completed the day's ceremonies, a high priest takes a moment to cleanse himself in the waters under Tirta Sudamala.
Having completed the day's ceremonies, a high priest takes a moment to cleanse himself in the waters under Tirta Sudamala.
After a day of celebration, the ashes are joyfully paraded down to the sea and cast adrift on an elaborate pyre.
After a day of celebration, the ashes are joyfully paraded down to the sea and cast adrift on an elaborate pyre.
Deep in meditation, a high priest offers blessings
Deep in meditation, a high priest offers blessings
A girl and boy kneel in prayer before entering the sacred waters of Tirta Emple.
A girl and boy kneel in prayer before entering the sacred waters of Tirta Emple.