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An head full of flowers carefully prepared in the shape of an headdress.

Once a year the young girls of the village carry it for a whole afternoon performing a slow dance.

Fumes - Women, flowers and dances - photo by ROKMA

It is called Rejang and it's part of the Hindu traditional rites that Majapahit civilization brought to Indonesia long time ago.

Fumes - Women, flowers and dances - photo by ROKMA

All these photos where captured in the villages of Karangsari and Santi in the Karangasem district of Bali, Indonesia.

Fumes - Women, flowers and dances - photo by ROKMA

The Rejang ceremony is an all day event. It takes place once a year and involves a long preparation that start weeks before.

Fumes - Women, flowers and dances - photo by ROKMA

Rejang dance a slow procession following an older woman which leads the many laps around the temple perimeter. Delicate, slow, oscillating with extreme grace and delicacy.

Fumes - Women, flowers and dances - photo by ROKMA

Up on the volcano slopes of Bali, being a young woman means learning to gracefully dance with your head full of flowers since young age.

Fumes - Women, flowers and dances - photo by ROKMA

Parents, and the whole extended family look on.

Fumes - Women, flowers and dances - photo by ROKMA

Boys, elders and the younger kids admire quietly.

Fumes - Women, flowers and dances - photo by ROKMA

The very young ones carry small items and learn to gracefully balance and dance this way.

Fumes - Women, flowers and dances - photo by ROKMA

The girls line up and follow each other in a long and slow display of themselves.

Fumes - Women, flowers and dances - photo by ROKMA

The Pecalangs make sure that everything is running smoothly and coordinates with other using a radio.

Fumes - Women, flowers and dances - photo by ROKMA

It's a special day and an occasion like no other.

Fumes - Women, flowers and dances - photo by ROKMA

The Gamelan orchestra acoustic percussions provides the rhythm.

Fumes - Women, flowers and dances - photo by ROKMA

Every village has a slightly different way of arranging dresses and head wear.

Fumes - Women, flowers and dances - photo by ROKMA

The Rejang dance itself is smooth and simple and very similar from village to village.

Fumes - Women, flowers and dances - photo by ROKMA

Experienced women show their style balancing burning incense and bigger offerings.

Fumes - Women, flowers and dances - photo by ROKMA

The whole village is present to the ceremony and they do check out the display.

Fumes - Women, flowers and dances - photo by ROKMA

While the girls laps graciously slowly till past sunset.

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